Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 August 2019

448 Pages

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

ISBN: 9780190855697

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How to Interpret Literature

Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies

Fourth Edition

Robert Dale Parker

Offering a refreshing combination of accessibility and intellectual rigor, How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies, Fourth 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 from the 1930s to the present. It is the only up-to-date survey of literary theory that devotes extensive treatment to queer studies, postcolonial and race studies, environmental criticism, and disability studies. How to Interpret Literature is ideal as a stand-alone text or in conjunction with an anthology of primary readings, like Robert Dale Parker's Critical Theory: A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies.

New to this Edition:

  • Wider coverage than any book of its kind, including contemporary movements and controversies
  • Expanded accounts of contemporary models of gender, of queer time, biopower, migration and hybridity, implicit bias, racial appropriation, and the nonhuman
  • New and expanded examples, including a reading of Nella Larsen's Passing
  • A concise glossary of terms for poetic form

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