Literary Theory

  • by David Carter
  • Narrated by Annette Rizzo
  • 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It sounds daunting: all those '-isms', long technical words, weird French thinkers, and incomprehensible Germans. You can't read a book nowadays, it seems, without being required to refer to them. From university students to the average intelligent reader, everyone is expected to justify their 'theoretical perspective'. The problem is that defining what you mean by 'theory', let alone what you mean by 'literary', causes most people, including the theorists themselves, to mumble incoherently and shuffle their feet. And it is not as though there were just one coherent body of theory to master: there are Formalist, Structuralist, Marxist, and Psychoanalytical theories; Post-structuralist, Post-colonialist, and Postmodernist theories; not to mention Feminist and Queer theories, and even Anti-Theories! Most books providing introductions to "Literary Theory" are long-winded tomes, guiding dogged readers through the twists and turns of critical analysis and logic. This small volume goes to the heart of the key concepts of literary theory, explaining them in clear, everyday language.It provides witty and memorable comments and quotations, and enables the student of literature to raise the most pertinent and challenging questions, which even university professors have difficulty answering.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not bad

It's a good overview; covers all the relevant topics. Especially useful if you already know theory and want a refresher or an outline to keep skills sharp. Wonderful that the narrator's voice is a woman's (at least for my taste), but she talks just a beat too fast for explaining difficult material. This thing could have been about an hour longer, just a tad more engaging, and been much better.
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- Jeffrey

Appreciably Greater Detail than Similar Intros

Carter's book is superior to any other literary theory introduction I have read, filled with more detail than others that I've purchased, including Culler's Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford.
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- Kenneth A. Wedin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2009
  • Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing