This incredibly useful volume offers an introduction to the history
of literary criticism and theory from ancient Greece to the
present. Grounded in the close reading of landmark theoretical
texts, while seeking to encourage the reader's critical response,
Pelagia Goulimari examines: major thinkers and critics from Plato
and Aristotle to Foucault, Derrida, Kristeva, Said and Butler; key
concepts, themes and schools in the history of literary theory:
mimesis, inspiration, reason and emotion, the self, the relation of
literature to history, society, culture and ethics, feminism,
poststructuralism, postcolonialism, queer theory; genres and
movements in literary history: epic, tragedy, comedy, the novel;
Romanticism, realism, modernism and postmodernism. Historical
connections between theorists and theories are traced and the book
is generously cross-referenced. With useful features such as
key-point conclusions, further reading sections, descriptive text
boxes, detailed headings, and with a comprehensive index, this book
is the ideal introduction to anyone approaching literary theory for
the first time or unfamiliar with the scope of its history.
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