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Literary Theory For Beginners Have you heard the terms structuralism and deconstruction and postmodernism but aren t really sure what they mean Have you taken a whole course on literary criticism but are still feeling lost Here s the book you need to sort it all out and enjoy doing so In Literary Theory For Beginners, Mary Klages takes you into her classroom, cuts through the jargon, and explains the ABCs and the DEFs as well in terms you can get your head around Her breadth of knowledge, her unique skills as a teacher, and the delightful illustrations of Frank Reynoso help us understand why literature matters, how it affects us, and how it reflects history, culture, and diversity Here are ways of thinking about literature not just reading it methods of study and frameworks of interpretation from classical humanism all the way up to psychoanalysis, gender and queer theory, race, postcolonialism, and, yes, postmodernismWith wit and wisdom, Klages takes on the two most frequently asked questions about literature and makes it all fun What does the work MEAN What is the deeper, hidden, or symbolic meaning Did the author intend all these meanings Are any and all meanings present in the text Are all meanings equally valid What does the work DO Why is literature important What effect does it have on the reader How can literature be a force for social change So sit back, relax, and take it all in


10 thoughts on “Literary Theory For Beginners

  1. Olivia "So many books--so little time."" Olivia "So many books--so little time."" says:

    This book is very interesting, informative, and entertaining Unlike the rest of the books I ve read in the For Beginners series, it isn t a comic book But I imagine that it would have been impossib


  2. Victoria Elizabeth Victoria Elizabeth says:

    This is an excellent introductory read for anyone who has even the mildest interest in literary theory Klages defines and dissects the premises of some of the most influential literary criticism len


  3. Bayan Bayan says:

    Read this as a refresher.Simple enough to keep up with, though to be honest I don t think a person with zero background on theory would understand everything.


  4. Ayman Ayman says:

    I had an engineering education and an 18 years career in technology and business I had my share of fiction novels, but I didn t have the faintest clue what does it mean to study literature as a seriou


  5. Rachel Parrott Rachel Parrott says:

    Literary Theory for Beginners provides an easy to read overview of a vast subject My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.


  6. Jericho Eames Jericho Eames says:

    I liked this introduction, I learnt a lot and ready to dive deeper into literary theory


  7. Janice Janice says:

    No, couldn t do it I tried Read about half of it and really wanted to find some redeeming qualities First, it wasn t for beginners Second, parts weren t even theory She had a whole chapter on Freud and w


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