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1. What is "Literary Theory?"; 2. Humanist Literary Theory; 3. Structuralism; Interlude: Humanism, Structuralism, Poststructuralism; 4. Deconstruction; 5. Psychoanalyses; Interlude: 'Self' to 'Subject'; 6. Feminisms; 7. Queer Theory; Interlude: History to Historicism; 8. Ideology and Discourse; 9. Race and Postcolonialist Theories; 10. Postmodernism; Coda - 'Now what?'; Bibliography; Index.

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Mary Klages is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.


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"Written by literary theory teacher Mary Klages, "Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed "is a straightforward introduction to thinkers, writers, and subjects that students of literature can find confusing. The overviews apply specific focus to the most challenging ideas and concepts, and touch upon structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminism, queer theory, ideology and discourse, race and postcolonialism, postmodernism, and prominent figures of humanist literary theory. Written in terms accessible to lay readers, "Literary Theory "is especially ideal for high school seniors and freshman college students, and anyone else who can use a solid grounding in the basics."- "Library Bookwatch, "June 2007--Sanford Lakoff
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