Literary theory has changed and evolved in recent years, with
some even claiming it is dead. Peter Barry picks up on these shifts
and engages with current debates to emphasise the continuing
significance of theory today.
In a lucid and engaging style, this guide introduces readers
- The dominant debates involving the life, death and future of
- The way that existing theories have evolved, such as the move
from 'Historicism' to a 'New Formalism'
- The relevance of new theories such as 'Presentism', 'Deep'
narratology and the move toward performativity and performance in
- The 'spiritual' in literature, along with the rise of theology
and the turn to god as a focus for interpretation
- The move from postcolonial to transnational or global
Offering a lively and up-to-date introduction to the
ever-changing and contentious field of literary theory, this guide
shows the lasting relevance and even necessity of continuing
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