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Published: 06 November 2014

416 Pages | 34 illustrations


ISBN: 9780199331161

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How To Interpret Literature

Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies

Third Edition

Robert Dale Parker

  • Offers a refreshing combination of accessibility and intellectual rigor, with an up-to-date, concise, and wide-ranging historicist survey of contemporary thinking in critical theory.
  • This is the only book of its kind that thoroughly merges literary studies with cultural studies, including film.
  • Draws on examples from across English-language literary history and includes readings of such popular films as Brokeback Mountain and Avatar.
  • Includes chapters on New Criticism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, Queer Studies, Marxism, Historicism and Cultural Studies, Postcolonial and Race Studies, Reader Response, and two key newly emerging areas-Ecocriticism and Disability Studies-and shows how these different ways of thinking respond to and build on each other.
  • Instructors will find this book supplemented by an optional companion volume of primary critical readings: Critical Theory: A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies.
  • Includes the latest developments (such as queer of color criticism, ecocriticism, and disability studies). None of the competing books addresses disability studies. Some do not address ecocriticism, and as with every other area in this book, none of the competing books addresses ecocriticism in so thorough and up-to-date a way.
  • The text is enhanced by charts, photos, text boxes that address key problems or frequently asked questions, and suggestions for further reading.