A reader's guide to contemporary literary theory by Raman Selden

By Raman Selden

The 5th version of this reader's advisor continues to be precise to the beliefs of earlier versions, offering a concise advisor to modern literary theories. The publication covers an enormous diversity of differing kinds of English literature.

content material: New feedback, ethical formalism, and F.R. Leavis --
Origins : Eliot, Richards, Empson --
the yank new critics --
ethical formalism : F.R. Leavis --
Russian formalism and the Bahktin tuition --
Shklovsky, Mukařovský, Jakobson --
The Bakhtin institution --
Reader-oriented theories --
Phenomenology : Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer --
Hans Robert Jauss and Wolfgang Iser --
Fish, Riffaterre, Bleich --
Structuralist theories --
The linguistic historical past --
Structuralist narratology --
Metaphor and metonymy --
Structuralist poetics --
Marxist theories --
Soviet socialist realism --
Lukács and Brecht --
The Frankfurt college and after : Adorno and Benjamin --
"Structuralist" Marxism : Goldmann, Althusser, Macherey --
"New Left" Marxism : Williams, Eagleton, Jameson --
Feminist theories --
First-wave feminist feedback : Woolf and de Beauvoir --
Second-wave feminist feedback --
Kate Millett : sexual politics --
Marxist feminism --
Elaine Showalter : gynocriticism --
French feminism : Kristeva, Cixous, Irigaray --
Poststructuralist theories --
Roland Barthes --
Psychoanalytic theories --
Jacques Lacan --
Julia Kristeva --
Deleuze and Guattari --
Deconstruction : Jacques Derrida --
American deconstruction --
Michel Foucault --
New historicism and cultural materialism --
Postmodernist theories --
Jean Baudrillard --
Jean-François Lyotard --
Postmodernism and Marxism --
Postmodern feminisms --
Postcolonialist theories --
Edward stated --
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak --
Homi okay. Bhabha --
Race and ethnicity --
homosexual, lesbian, and queer theories --
homosexual idea and feedback --
Lesbian feminist conception and feedback --
Queer concept and feedback --

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R. LEAVIS ‘experience’, to prove its moral force, and to demonstrate (by close scrutiny) its excellence. The passage from Eliot which gave Leavis his title for The Common Pursuit speaks of the critic’s task as engaging in ‘the common pursuit of true judgement’, and Revaluation (1936) is an Eliot-like sorting-out of the ‘true’ tradition of English poetry, just as The Great Tradition (1948) itself opens with the classic Leavisian ‘discrimination’ that ‘The great English novelists are’ Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James and Joseph Conrad – a dogmatic and exclusive list which immediately suggests just how tendentious Leavis’s ‘true judgement’ may, in fact, be.

The purpose of a work of art is to change our mode of perception from the automatic and practical to the artistic. In ‘Art as Technique’ (1917), Shklovsky makes this clear: The technique of art is to make objects ‘unfamiliar’, to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. Art is a way of experiencing the artfulness of an object; the object is not important. (Lemon and Reis, 1965, p.

Jazz, for example, once ‘popular’ music in brothels and bars, has become serious art, although its ‘low’ social origins still give rise to conflicting evaluations. From this perspective, art and literature are not eternal verities but are always open to new definitions – hence the increasing presence, as the literary canon is deconstructed, of ‘popular’ writing on ‘Cultural Studies’ (rather than ‘Literature’) courses. The dominant class in any historical era will have an important influence on definitions of art, and where new trends arise will normally wish to incorporate them into its ideological world.

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