A reader's guide to contemporary literary theory by Raman Selden

By Raman Selden

The 5th variation of this reader's consultant continues to be precise to the beliefs of past variations, supplying a concise advisor to modern literary theories. The publication covers an unlimited diversity of differing kinds of English literature.

content material: New feedback, ethical formalism, and F.R. Leavis --
Origins : Eliot, Richards, Empson --
the yankee new critics --
ethical formalism : F.R. Leavis --
Russian formalism and the Bahktin university --
Shklovsky, Mukařovský, Jakobson --
The Bakhtin university --
Reader-oriented theories --
Phenomenology : Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer --
Hans Robert Jauss and Wolfgang Iser --
Fish, Riffaterre, Bleich --
Structuralist theories --
The linguistic historical past --
Structuralist narratology --
Metaphor and metonymy --
Structuralist poetics --
Marxist theories --
Soviet socialist realism --
Lukács and Brecht --
The Frankfurt university and after : Adorno and Benjamin --
"Structuralist" Marxism : Goldmann, Althusser, Macherey --
"New Left" Marxism : Williams, Eagleton, Jameson --
Feminist theories --
First-wave feminist feedback : Woolf and de Beauvoir --
Second-wave feminist feedback --
Kate Millett : sexual politics --
Marxist feminism --
Elaine Showalter : gynocriticism --
French feminism : Kristeva, Cixous, Irigaray --
Poststructuralist theories --
Roland Barthes --
Psychoanalytic theories --
Jacques Lacan --
Julia Kristeva --
Deleuze and Guattari --
Deconstruction : Jacques Derrida --
American deconstruction --
Michel Foucault --
New historicism and cultural materialism --
Postmodernist theories --
Jean Baudrillard --
Jean-François Lyotard --
Postmodernism and Marxism --
Postmodern feminisms --
Postcolonialist theories --
Edward stated --
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak --
Homi ok. Bhabha --
Race and ethnicity --
homosexual, lesbian, and queer theories --
homosexual conception and feedback --
Lesbian feminist thought and feedback --
Queer idea and feedback --

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In ‘Art as Technique’ (1917), Shklovsky makes this clear: The technique of art is to make objects ‘unfamiliar’, to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. Art is a way of experiencing the artfulness of an object; the object is not important. (Lemon and Reis, 1965, p. qxd 07/02/2005 14:43 Page 33 RUSSIAN FORMALISM AND THE BAKHTIN SCHOOL The Formalists were fond of citing two English eighteenth-century writers, Laurence Sterne and Jonathan Swift.

The Socratic dialogues come down to us in the sophisticated literary forms devised by Plato. Some of the ‘jolly relativity’ of Carnival survives in the written works, but there is also, in Bakhtin’s view, some dilution of that collective quality of enquiry in which points of view collide without a strict hierarchy of voices being established by the ‘author’.

All of these are indelibly imbued with his ‘theory’ – although resolutely untheorized in abstract terms – a theory which is dispersed throughout his work, therefore, and has to be extrapolated from it along the way. Following Richards, Leavis is a kind of ‘practical critic’, but also, in his concern with the concrete specificity of the ‘text itself ’, the ‘words on the page’, a kind of New Critic too: ‘[the critic] is concerned with the work in front of him as something that should contain within itself the reason why it is so and not otherwise’ (‘The Function of Criticism’ in The Common Pursuit, 1952 – note the sideways reference to both Arnold and Eliot in the essay’s title).

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