A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory

This introductory reader consists of extracts from critical analyses, largely by 20th-century Anglo-American literary critics, set around major literary texts that undergraduate students are known to be familiar with.

A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory

This introductory reader consists of extracts from critical analyses, largely by 20th-century Anglo-American literary critics, set around major literary texts that undergraduate students are known to be familiar with. Four example essays are included for each author/text presented.

A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory

In its title and design, as readers will see, this volume parallels A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory. What new emphasis this Practical Reader brings to theory and literary study we seek to explain below.

A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory

This introduction to practicing literary theory is a reader consisting of extracts from critical analyses, largely by 20th century Anglo-American literary critics, set around major literary texts that undergraduate students are known to be familiar with. It is specifically targeted to present literary criticism through practical examples of essays by literary theorists themselves, on texts both within and outside the literary canon. Four example essays are included for each author/text presented.

A Reader s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory

Selected reading Anthologies of literary theory Brooker , Peter and Widdowson , Peter ( eds ) , A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory ( Prentice Hall / Harvester Wheatsheaf , Hemel Hempstead , 1996 ) .

A Reader s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory

The fifth edition of this reader's guide remains true to the ideals of previous editions, providing a concise guide to contemporary literary theories. The book covers a vast range of differing forms of English literature.

Social Constructionist Identity Politics and Literary Studies

Ibid., the three chapters mentioned here are: 'Introduction: What is Literature?', 'Ch.1: The Rise of English', and 'Conclusion: Political Criticism'. Raman Selden, A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory (Brighton: Harvester, ...

Social Constructionist Identity Politics and Literary Studies

This study presents a critique of social constructionist identity politics, which is distinguished from specific identity-based political positions, from within and with social constructionist commitments. Gupta examines the institutionalization of social constructionist identity politics in literary studies, considering the notions of canonicity.

Reconstructing Criticism

Newton , Twentieth - Century Literary Theory , 11 . 23. Brooker and Widdowson , introduction to A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory , 3 . 24. Raymond Williams , Keywords : A Vocabulary of Culture and Society , rev . ed .

Reconstructing Criticism

This study aims to bring the modern theory of literary criticism, and Pope's 'Essay on Criticism' of 1711, into a more productive and intersting association than critical-historical structures have generally allowed. Smallwood marks out in current terms and in depth the specialized theoretial and aesthetic problem of defining criticism. He recognizes that criticism, no more than literature or art, cannot be finally codified or defined, but insists on the need for clarity in the exposition of criticism's purposes and a fuller consciousness of a common community of practice available to audiences outside the academic fold. Affirming the unfailing currency and utility of the term criticism as new languages have taken over the critical domain, or have sought to replace or abolish literature, Smallwood distinguishes between the normative definitions that are everywhere apparent in modern theory of criticism, and the advantages to conceptual comprehension achieved by Pope's poetic idea of criticism in the 'Essay'.

Teaching Theory

Authorizing Readers: Resistance and Respect in the Teaching of Literature. ... Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction. 2nd edn. ... A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1989.

Teaching Theory

Teaching Theory offers a selection of essays on the pragmatics, benefits and shortcomings of Theory as a key aspect of literature teaching in universities. They range from reflective discussions of Theory as an intellectual challenge for undergraduates to accounts of the day-to-day problems of planning and teaching courses and implementing Theory.

Literature as History

Popular Fictions: Essays in Literature and History (Methuen, 1986); Hardy in History: A Study in Literary ... 1993 and revised 4th edn with Peter Brooker, 1997); A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory (ed. with Peter Brooker ...

Literature as History

Literature as History presents a selection of specially commissioned essays by a range of key contemporary thinkers on the interdisciplinary study of literature and history. The unifying theme is the interrelationship between literary / cultural production and its historical moment. The essays in the collection are astute and exciting in terms of their engagement with ever-changing developments in critical and theoretical practice while retaining an invaluable focus on familiar and engaging texts and authors. The contributors offer a reappraisal of the nature of literary studies today, looking back over the thirty-five years of Peter Widdowson's career - a career which has coincided with the emergence of, challenges to, and reformulations of critical theory - and ask what the future holds, particularly for the interdisciplinary ways of working which Widdowson pioneered. Bringing together distinguished scholars in the interdisciplinary study of English and History, it seizes the opportunity to take stock of the current field of literary studies and to ask searching questions about its future development.

Academic Skills

An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory . Manchester : Manchester UP , 32009 . Bertens , Hans . Literary Theory . The Basics . London : Routledge , 2017 Brooker , Peter , and Peter Widdowson . A Practical Reader in Contemporary ...

Academic Skills


Starting an English Literature Degree

It is very hard to make generic recommendations for reading, as English Literature courses at university vary so widely. The English department you ... Brooker, P. and Widdowson, P. A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory.

Starting an English Literature Degree

Competition to study English Literature at university is now tougher than ever before. How can you make sure your application stands out? What is expected of you at university? How will you adapt to the changes in teaching, learning and lifestyle? The world of English Literature is an unfamiliar yet exciting one, and clear guidance on how to cope with the demands of university-level study is essential if you want to succeed. Andrew Green takes you from the A level/school/college classroom to the university lecture theatre, covering everything from: - Deciding which university and course is right for you - Making initial applications - Tackling Summer reading lists to the skills needed for studying at degree level: - Preparing for lectures, seminars and tutorials - Interpreting reading lists and developing your reading skills - Applying literary theory - Becoming a better writer - Referencing an essay and avoiding plagiarism - Researching online Whether you are just thinking about taking English Literature to degree level, or needing help through your university course, Starting an English Literature Degree is the must-have companion.

Theories and Methodologies in Postgraduate Feminist Research

New Feminist Discourses: Critical Essays on Theories and Texts. London: Routledge. ... The Feminist Reader: Essays in Gender and the Politics of Literary Criticism. ... In A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory, ed.

Theories and Methodologies in Postgraduate Feminist Research

This volume centers on theories and methodologies for postgraduate feminist researchers engaged in interdisciplinary research, in a context of increasing globalization, giving special attention to cutting-edge approaches at the borders between humanities and social sciences and specific discipline-transgressing fields such as feminist technoscience studies.

An Introduction to Twentieth Century Poetry in English

OTHER WORKS Atkins, G. Douglas, and Morrow, Laura (eds), Contemporary Literary Theory (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1989). Brooker, Peter, and Widdowson, Peter (eds), A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory ...

An Introduction to Twentieth Century Poetry in English

This critical survey of modern poetry from Thomas Hardy to Seamus Heaney considers both the self-consciously revolutionary innovations of Modernism and more traditional developments, taking fully into account the extent to which 'English' can no longer be equated solely with England. Scots, Welsh and Irish poetry, and poetry from Commonwealth countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean, are recognised as equally important aspects of the diversity that characterises modern poetry in English; and, in particular, the contributions of North American poets such as Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens and Robert Lowell receive the major emphasis that their achievement and extensive influence warrants and attention is given to important new perspectives in the work of women poets such as Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Post Colonial Theory, London: Longman, 1996; reprinted in Chinese translation in Chung-Wai Literary Monthly, ... pp.6–21; extract reprinted in Peter Brooker and Peter Widdowson (eds), A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory, ...

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

In this text, Stephen Morton examines Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and gives key issues on theory, politics, Third World women and the critique of western feminism.

Doing English

M. A. R. Habib Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008) • Chris Hopkins, Thinking about Texts ... A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory (London: Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1996), ...

Doing English

Dealing with exciting new ideas and contentious debates that make up English today, this volume is an essential purchase for those students embarking on English at degree level.

A Glossary of Literary and Cultural Theory

Freud, Proust and Lacan: Theory as Fiction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ... Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory. ... A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory.

A Glossary of Literary and Cultural Theory

The Glossary of Literary and Cultural Theory provides researchers and students with an up-to-date guide through the vibrant and changing debates in Literary and Cultural Studies. In a field where meanings are frequently complex and ambiguous, this text is remarkable for its clarity and usefulness. This third edition includes 17 entirely new entries and updates to more than a dozen others which address key concepts and contemporary positions in both literary and cultural theory. New entries include: • Actor Network Theory • Anthropocene • Ecocriticism • Digital Humanities • Postcapitalism • World Literature

Compass Comparative Literature in Africa

Marxist Models of Literary Realism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977. Brooke, Peter and Widdowson, Peter. Eds. A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory. New York: Prentice Hall, 1996. Chakrabarty, Dipesh.

Compass   Comparative Literature in Africa

This is a commemorative volume devoted to the late Professor Willfried F. Feuser, a literary icon and a comparatist of no mean repute. Though German by origin, Professor Feuser showed great concern to the Africanist agenda of self-realisation, and therefore devoted the greatest part of his productive academic life to the cultural revival and socio-economic emancipation of Africa and the Diaspora through his scholarly publications. This book contains 20 essays on a wide range of issues in literary criticism.

Studying English Pope

... A. (eds) (2003) Geographies of Modernism: Cultures, Spaces, London and New York: Routledge. Brooker, P. and Widdowson, P. (eds) (1996) A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

Studying English  Pope

Studying English Literature and Language is unique in offering both an introduction and a companion for students taking English Literature and Language degrees. Combining the functions of study guide, critical dictionary and text anthology, this is a freshly recast version of the highly acclaimed The English Studies Book. This third edition features: fresh sections on the essential skills and study strategies needed to complete a degree in English—from close reading, research and referencing to full guidelines and tips on essay-writing, participating in seminars, presentations and revision an authoritative guide to the life skills, further study options and career pathways open to graduates of the subject updated introductions to the major theoretical positions and approaches taken by scholars in the field, from earlier twentieth century practical criticism to the latest global and ecological perspectives extensive entries on key terms such as ‘author, ‘genre’, ‘narrative’ and ‘translation’ widely current in debates across language, literature and culture coverage of both local and global varieties of the English language in a range of media and discourses, including news, advertising, text messaging, rap, pop and street art an expansive anthology representing genres and discourses from early elegy and novel to contemporary performance, flash fiction, including writers as diverse as Aphra Behn, Emily Dickinson, J.M. Coetzee, Angela Carter, Russell Hoban, Adrienne Rich and Arundhati Roy a comprehensive, regularly updated companion website supplying further information and activities, sample analyses and a wealth of stimulating and reliable links to further online resources. Studying English Literature and Language is a wide-ranging and invaluable reference for anyone interested in the study of English language, literature and culture.

Diasporic Literature and Theory Where Now

See Anne Walmsley, The Caribbean Artists Movement, 1966-1972: A Literary and Cultural History (London: New Beacon, ... a Story to Pass On': Living Memory and the Slave Sublime,” in A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory, ...

Diasporic Literature and Theory   Where Now

The theoretical innovations of Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy, James Clifford and others have in recent years vitalized postcolonial and diaspora studies, challenging ways in which we understand ‘culture’ and developing new ways of thinking beyond the confines of the nation state. The articles in this volume look at recent developments in diasporic literature and theory, alluding to the work of seminal diaspora theoreticians, but also interrogating such thinkers in the light of recent cultural production (including literature, film and visual art) as well as recent world events. The articles are organized in pairs, offering alternative perspectives on crucial aspects of diaspora theory today: Celebration or Melancholy?; Gender Biases and the Canon of Diasporic Literature; Diasporas of Violence and Terror; Time, Place and Diasporic “Home”; and Border Crossings. A number of the articles are illustrated by discussions of particular authors, such as Caryl Phillips, Salman Rushdie, and Michael Ondaatje, and the range of reference found in this volume covers writing from many parts of the world including contemporary Chicana visual art, Asian diaspora writers, and Black British, Afro-Caribbean, Native North American, and African writing.

The Nineteenth century Novel

A Literature of thei r Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ... 'Three women's texts and a critique of imperialism', in A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory, ...

The Nineteenth century Novel

This text explores the scope and variety of the great novels of the 19th century. The essays in this collection trace the experimentation of 19th-century writers in advancing new modes of realist fiction.

The Nineteenth Century Novel Realisms

A Literature of thei r Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ... 'Three women's texts and a critique of imperialism', in A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory, ...

The Nineteenth Century Novel  Realisms

The essays in this volume trace the experimentation of nineteenth-century writers in advancing new modes of realist fiction while revitalizing the inheritance of the Gothic and the Romantic. Focusing on some of the most popular novels of the century (Northanger Abbey, Jayne Eyre, Dombey and Son, Middlemarch, Far from the Madding Crowd and Germinal), this attractive volume explores some of the recurring themes in nineteenth-century fiction: aspiration and vocation; social class; sexual politics; political reform; colonialism and commerce. This is an ideal introduction to some of the major fictional achievements of the first industrial era, and to most of the crucial themes in nineteenth-century fiction.

Literature as Communication

Harpman, Geoffrey Galt 1992 Getting it Right: Language, Literature, and Ethics. ... In Critical Terms for Literary Study [2nd ed.] ... In A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory, Peter Brooker and Peter Widdowson (eds.) ...

Literature as Communication

This book offers foundations for a literary criticism which seeks to mediate between writers and readers belonging to different historical periods or social groupings. This makes it, among other things, a timely intervention in the postmodern “culture wars”, though the theory put forward will be of interest not only to students of literature and culture, but also to linguists. Sell describes communication in general as strongly interactive, as very much affected by the disparate situationalities of “sending” and “receiving”, yet as by no means completely determined by them. Seen this way, men and women are both social beings and individuals, capable of empathizing with sociohistorical formations which are alien to them, sometimes even to the extent of changing their own life-world. By treating literary activity as communicational in this same dynamic sense, Sell radically modifies the main paradigms of twentieth-century literary theory, casting much new light on questions of genre, interpretation, affect and ethics.