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Postmodern Literary Theory: An Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-631-20001-7
300 pages
December 1997, Wiley-Blackwell
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In this brilliantly provocative and comprehensively informative introductory text, Niall Lucy shows the student how postmodern literary theory works, what its origins are, and what its consequences.
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Table of Contents


1. Mind and Myth.

2. Simulation and the Sublime.

3. The Death of History.

4. Literature and the Liminal.

5. Interpretation as Invention.

6. The Death of Criticism.

7. Rhetorical Reading.

8. Performing Politics.

9. The Death of Theory.

10. Concept Creation.

11. Ethical Evaluations.

12. The Return of Reason.




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Author Information

Niall Lucy teaches in the School of Humanities at Murdoch University. He is the author of Debating Derrida (1995), as well as numerous articles on poststructuralism and postmodernism.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Introduces complex arguments in lively accessible form.

  • Deals with key contemporary theorists and historicizes postmodernism, back from Heidegger to Hobbes, and to its eighteenth-century origins.

  • Discusses postmodern fiction by such authors as Acker, Auster, Barth, and Pynchon.
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"...such is the challenging reading of things Niall Lucy offers in his magnificent book, Postmodern Literary Theory." McKenzie Wark, Higher Education
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