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Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory (original 1995; edição 2009)

por Peter Barry (Autor)

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Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for well over a decade now. This new and expanded third edition continues to offer students and readers the best one-volume introduction to the field. The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled. Unlike many books which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Peter Barry allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped. The book has been updated and includes two new chapters, one of which (Literary theory - a history in ten events) innovatively surveys the course of theory, while the other (Theory after 'Theory') maps the arrival of new 'isms' since the second edition appeared in 2002. Liberal humanism - Structuralism - Post-structuralism and deconstruction - Postmodernism - Psychoanalytic criticism - Feminist criticism - Lesbian/gay criticism - Marxist criticism - New historicism and cultural materialism - Postcolonial criticism - Stylistics - Narratology - Ecocriticism - Presentism/Transversal poetics/ New aestheticism/Historical formalism/Cognitive poetics.… (mais)
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Título:Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
Autores:Peter Barry (Autor)
Informação:Manchester University Press (2009), Edition: 3rd, 352 pages
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Yet another stab at understanding this esoteric discipline! As the author remarks, it appears that after every ten years or so, the body of intellectuals starts a new movement that questions the old and imposes a new standard that aspiring scholars are forced to adhere to. Thus we have structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstructionalism, postmodernism, psychoanalytic criticism, feminist criticism, lesbian/gay ditto, marxist ditto, new historicism and cultural materialism, postcolonial criticism, stylistics, narratology, ecocriticism, and 'theory after theory'. For the average or general reader, it is doubtful whether there will be any gain in understanding of the world by pursuing these lines of intellectualism, so the present book can serve as a convenient summary and a guide to the most relevant additional readings if one is so inclined. Refreshingly, the author makes a valiant effort to bring some practicality and realism to the seemingly endless series of 'isms' he deals with, and seldom descends himself to the type of 'babble-speak' so common among theory writers (thinking of Spivak here!), except regrettably in the last chapter, 'theory after theory'. In conclusion, many of the works cited are central to modern (western) intellectual life, such as Derrida and Foucault and Lacan and so on, but they are of doubtful value to the general reader, who may be content with reading (and re-reading many times!) summaries like the present volume. ( )
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Beginning Theory offers the literary studies student a fantastic primer to help navigate the often convoluted and complex domain of literary theory. Barry shows us that theory need not be daunting, and successfully manages to convey difficult concepts in a voice that is consistently conversational, and never dry. I appreciated his occasional interjection of self for the way in which it humanised the text. The book covers all the major theoretical approaches from Structuralism, through Psychoanalytic, Marxist, and feminist criticism, as well as newer areas such as Ecocriticism. Barry weaves the theoretical positions of each, within a historical framework. Since all theory arises out of distinct social, cultural and political processes, the historical backdrop provides an additional anchor for learning.

Although this is marketed as a beginner's guide, the breadth of coverage, and expert condensing of detail, makes it a must for any student of literary or cultural studies. I've revisited it again and again during my Masters, and it's now an invaluable addition to my study shelf. ( )
  ZenMoon | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for well over a decade now. This new and expanded third edition continues to offer students and readers the best one-volume introduction to the field. The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled. Unlike many books which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Peter Barry allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped. The book has been updated and includes two new chapters, one of which (Literary theory - a history in ten events) innovatively surveys the course of theory, while the other (Theory after 'Theory') maps the arrival of new 'isms' since the second edition appeared in 2002. Liberal humanism - Structuralism - Post-structuralism and deconstruction - Postmodernism - Psychoanalytic criticism - Feminist criticism - Lesbian/gay criticism - Marxist criticism - New historicism and cultural materialism - Postcolonial criticism - Stylistics - Narratology - Ecocriticism - Presentism/Transversal poetics/ New aestheticism/Historical formalism/Cognitive poetics.

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