This expanded and revised 4th edition(2017) is an accessible and intellectually stimulating guide to literary and cultural theory.
After a brief illuminating introduction there are 15 chapters on: 'Theory before 'theory''; 'Structuralism'; 'Post-structuralism and deconstruction'; 'Postmodernism'; 'Psychoanalytic criticism'; 'Feminist criticism'; 'Queer theory'; 'Marxist criticism'; 'New historicism and cultural materialism'; 'Postcolonial criticism'; 'Stylistics'; 'Narratology'; 'Ecocriticism'; 'Literary theory - a history in ten events' & ''Theory after 'theory''.
The book concludes with appendices and a useful further reading list.
Peter Barry's 'Beginning Theory' is a clearly written and wide-ranging introduction to an often abstruse subject which should appeal to the general reader as well as students of literary and cultural studies.
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