Journals Higher Education



18 July 2011

368 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199757503

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How to Interpret Literature

Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies

Second Edition

Robert Dale Parker

Offering a refreshing combination of accessibility and intellectual rigor, How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies, Second Edition, presents an up-to-date, concise, and wide-ranging historicist survey of contemporary thinking in critical theory.

The only book of its kind that thoroughly merges literary studies with cultural studies, this text provides a critical look at the major movements in literary studies since the 1930s, including those often omitted from other texts. It is also the only up-to-date survey of literary theory that devotes extensive treatment to Queer Theory and Postcolonial and Race Studies. How to Interpret Literature, Second Edition, is ideal as either a stand-alone text or in conjunction with an anthology of primary readings such as Robert Dale Parker's Critical Theory: A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies.

New to this Edition:

  • Includes references to more recent literature and contemporary movies (including Avatar and Brokeback Mountain), diversifying the already broad selection of examples
  • Incorporates the latest developments in the field
  • Presents "How to Interpret" sections in every chapter
  • Includes revisions and improvements in every chapter

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