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Published: 23 October 2003

552 Pages


ISBN: 9780199253012

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Literature in the Modern World

Critical Essays and Documents

Second Edition

Edited by Dennis Walder

  • Now includes fifty-nine extracts in total, more than any competing text.
  • Brings together texts that cannot normally be found together in one volume by combining critical material with essays on writing by well-known authors such as Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison.
  • The book is introduced and arranged to encourage students to gain an understanding of where the current debates on literary theory come from.
  • Brings together a wide variety of critical-theoretical fields and issues, including hermeneutics, new historicism, gender,post-colonial and feminist theory.

New to this Edition:

  • Completely updated to focus more on gender and identity and on recent debates such as 'Literature and Nation' and Literature and Value'.
  • The relevance of the book has been extended, including more writers and critics from outside Europe.
  • New general introduction and revised introductions to each section.
  • More than 20 new extracts reflect the most current topics in the discipline.