Literary Theory: An Introduction

By Terry Eagleton


Literature departments at colleges and universities recently have been the scene of battles between the prevailing practices of literary criticism and controversial new ideas imported from Europe with strange-sounding names like hermeneutics, semiotics, reception theory, structuralism, and deconstruction.

These ideas presuppose a knowledge of anthropology, linguistics, psychoanalysis, and Marxism and raise questions about the nature and status of “literature, “reading,” and “criticism.” Although these issues have far-ranging implications for the study of the humanities in general, they are complex and discussion has been confined to a small circle of specialists. A concise, witty, and entertaining introduction to the seemingly impenetrable world of modern literary theory.

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