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Literary Criticism and Theory
Author Pelagia Goulimari
Publisher Routledge
ISBN 9780415544320
Classification Literature & Fiction > Literary Theory
Price HK$304.00
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This incredibly useful volume offers an introduction to the history of literary criticism and theory from classical antiquity to the present. It is almost impossible to read or study literature without acknowledging its relationship to criticism and this guide shows how the two have been inextricable since Plato.

Introducing theory and criticism through the texts themselves, Pelagia Goulimari examines:

* a variety of key thinkers from Plato and Aristotle through to Foucault and Derrida
* topics and themes in the history of literary criticism such as mimesis and creation, inspiration, the emotions, reason, aesthetic, history, morality, ethics, culture and discourse
* the main genres and movements in the history of literature including the epic, tragedy, comedy, romanticism, realism, modernism and postmodernism
* cross-historical connections between theories and theorists and the dissemination, appropriation and creative misunderstanding of concepts, ideas and arguments.

With handy features such as a glossary, annotated further reading, descriptive text boxes and instructive marginalia this book is the ideal introduction to anyone approaching theory and criticism for the first time.

About the Author:

Pelagia Goulimari is a member of the English Faculty of the University of Oxford, where she lectures on literary theory, and a former convenor of Oxford’s graduate programme in Women’s Studies. She is general editor of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. Her publications include Postmodernism: What Moment? (2007) and Toni Morrison (2009).


1. Mimesis: Plato and the poet

2. Aristotle and tragedy: from Poetics to postcolonial tragedy

3. Medieval and Renaissance criticism: from mimesis to creation

4. The Enlightenment and Romanticism: reason and imagination

5. Modernity, multiplicity and becoming

6. Freud and psychoanalytic criticism: the self in fragments

7. Defamiliarization, alienation, dialogism and montage

8. Decentering modernisms: newness, tradition, culture and society

9. Twentieth-Century North American criticism: close reading to interpretation, modernism to postmodernism, History to histories

10. Poetry & hermeneutics, critique & dissonant composition, freedom & situation

11. From structuralism to poststructuralism: text, power, minor literature, deconstruction

12. Poststructuralist deviations: mimicry, resignification, contrapuntal reading, the subaltern, Signifyin(g), hybridity.


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