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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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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.
Literary theory is important. It is also not as complicated and complex as so many academics seem to want to make it. David Carter's attempt to present literary theory in the language of those mere mortals who are not part of the academic 'club' fails, and falls hard. He not only imbues his analysis with an 'Englishness' that should have been left behind on colonial sands, but couches his work in the language of a Victorian toff. Frustratingly boring, uninspiring and, quite simply, another failure.
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If you could sum up Literary Theory in three words, what would they be?
Viewpoints are different.
What did you like best about this story?
The essential was given clearly, intelligibly, and with humor.
What about Annette Rizzo’s performance did you like?
I liked it very much.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The last chapter.
Any additional comments?
It would be nice if you mentioned that there is a kindle edition for this book. It is cheaper to buy kindle addition and then audible book.