How to Do Theory
August 2005, ©2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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- An introduction to modern theories of literature and the arts.
- Represents a wide variety of theories, including phenomenological theory, hermeneutical theory, gestalt theory, reception theory, semiotic theory, Marxist theory, deconstruction, anthropological theory, and feminist theory.
- Explains how each theory is built and what it can accomplish.
- Uses classic literary texts, such as Keats’s Ode on a Grecian Urn, Spenser’s The Shephearde’s Calender and T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land to illustrate his explanations.
- Includes key statements by the major proponents of each theory.
- Presents the different theories objectively, allowing students to decide which if any, they subscribe to.
- Gives students a sense of the potential of theory.
- Includes a glossary of technical terms.