Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History
January 2008, ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell
* Provides an accessible introduction to modern literary theory and criticism
* Places various modes of criticism within their historical and intellectual contexts
* Offers close readings of some of the major critical texts of the period
* Explores the works of a diverse group of 20th-century writers, including Babbitt, Woolf, Bakhtin, Heidegger, Lacan, Derrida, Judith Butler, Zizek, Nussbaum, Negri and Hardt
* Covers formalism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction, Marxism, feminism, reader-response criticism, historicism, gender studies, cultural studies, and film theory
Formative Moments in the History of Literary Criticism.
Historical Backgrounds of Modern Criticism and Theory.
The Scope of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism.
1. The First Decades: From Liberal Humanism to Formalism.
The New Humanists, Neo-Romantics, and Precursors of Formalism.
The Background of Modernism.
The Poetics of Modernism: W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot.
Boris Eichenbaum (1886-1959).
Mikhail M. Bakhtin (1895-1975).
Roman Jakobson (1896-1982).
The New Criticism:.
John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974).
William K. Wimsatt, Jr. (1907-1975) and Monroe C. Beardsley (1915-1985).
2. Socially Conscious Criticism of the Earlier Twentieth Century.
F. R. Leavis (1895-1978) and Scrutiny.
Marxist and Left-Wing Criticism:.
Socialist Criticism in Britain.
The Fundamental Principles of Marxism.
Marxist Literary Criticism: A Historical Overview.
Early Feminist Criticism: Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir:.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986).
3. Criticism and Theory After the Second World War.
Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) and Phenomenology.
Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and Existentialism.
Georges Bataille (1897-1962) and Heterology.
Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913).
Roland Barthes (1915-1980).
4. The Era of Poststructuralism (I): Later Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction.
Later Marxist Criticism:.
Terry Eagleton (b. 1943).
Psychoanalysis: Freud and Lacan:.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).
Jacques Lacan (1901-1981).
Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) and Deconstruction.
5. The Era of Poststructuralism (II): Postmodernism, Modern Feminism, Gender Studies.
Jurgen Habermas (b. 1929).
Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007).
Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924-1998).
bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins; b. 1952).
Julia Kristeva (b. 1941).
Helene Cixous (b. 1937).
Gayle Rubin (b. 1949).
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (b. 1950).
Judith Butler (b. 1956).
6. The Later Twentieth Century: New Historicism, Reader-Response Theory, and Postcolonial Criticism.
Michel Foucault (1926-1984).
Reader-Response and Reception Theory:.
Wolfgang Iser (b. 1926).
Stanley Fish (b. 1938).
Edward Said (1935-2004).
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (b. 1942).
Homi K. Bhabha (b. 1949).
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (b. 1950).
7. Cultural Studies and Film Theory.
Raymond Williams (1921-1988).
Stuart Hall (b. 1932).
Dick Hebdige (b. 1951).
Susan Bordo (b. 1947).
Andrew Sarris (b. 1928) and Auteur Theory.
Jim Kitses: The Study of Genre.
Christian Metz (1931-1993): A Psychoanalytic Perspective.
Laura Mulvey (b. 1941): Feminist Film Theory.
8. Contemporary Directions: The Return of the Public Intellectual.
The New Liberalism: Martha Nussbaum, Elaine Scarry, John Carey:.
Martha Nussbaum (b. 1947).
Elaine Scarry (b. 1946).
John Carey (b. 1934).
The New Aestheticism.
The New Theorists of Revolution: Zizek, Hardt, Negri.
Slavoj Zizek (b. 1949).
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri: The Concept of Empire.
Epilogue: The Myth of Liberal Humanism.
- Provides an accessible introduction to modern literary theory and criticism
- Places various modes of criticism within their historical and intellectual contexts
- Offers close readings of some of the major critical texts of the period
- Explores the works of a diverse group of 20th-century writers, including Babbitt, Woolf, Bakhtin, Heidegger, Lacan, Derrida, Judith Butler, Zizek, Nussbaum, Negri and Hardt
- Covers formalism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction, Marxism, feminism, reader-response criticism, historicism, gender studies, cultural studies, and film theory
Terry Eagleton, University of Manchester
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