A Companion to Literary Theory

Editor: Richter, David H.
Publication Year: 2018
Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 978-1-11-895867-4
Category: Language & Literature - Literature
Book Status: Pending
Predicted Release Month: Sept 2020
Table of Contents

A Companion to Literary Theory is a collection of original essays, all by noted scholars in their field, designed to introduce the modes and ideas of contemporary literary and cultural theory.

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Table of Contents

  • Notes on Contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Literary Form: Narrative and Poetry
  • 1 British and American New Criticism
  • References
  • 2 Chicago Formalism
  • Aristotle and the Synolon
  • Constructional Genre
  • The Hypothetico‐Deductive Method
  • Textual Autonomy
  • Instrumental Pluralism
  • The Second Generation: Booth, Rader, Sacks
  • The Third and Subsequent Generations
  • References
  • 3 Russian Formalism
  • Context
  • Principles
  • Distractions
  • Poetry
  • “Prose”
  • Literary History
  • Defamiliarization
  • References
  • 4 Structuralism and Semiotics
  • The Keplerian Turn
  • Structuralism(s)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • 5 Stylistics
  • What is Stylistics?
  • Why so Much Focus on Language?
  • Who is Stylistics For?
  • Stylistics as Grammar
  • Selectivity
  • Foregrounding, Patterning, and Iconic Aptness
  • Stylistic Practice and the Return of the Reader
  • Falsifiability and Standards of Proof
  • Disciplinary Maturity
  • When Does “Attention to Detail” Go too Far?
  • References
  • 6 Contemporary Narrative Theory
  • Unnatural Narratology; or Narrative Theory and the Tradition of Non‐mimetic Narrative
  • Fictionality; or the Borders between Fiction and Non‐fiction, and Cross‐border Traffic
  • Theory of Mind or Mind‐Reading
  • Feminist and Queer Narrative Theories, Intersectionality, and Critique
  • Rhetorical Theory and the Narrative Communication Model
  • References
  • Part II: The Task of Reading
  • 7 The Intention Debates
  • How Long Has This Been Going On?: History
  • Someone to Watch over Me: Grounding Interpretations
  • You Like Potato, I Like Potahto: Two Sides of the Issue
  • I Mean to Say: Intention
  • The Half of It Dearie Blues: Is/Ought
  • Take a Lesson from Me: Bearing
  • You Are You: Readers
  • Could You Use Me?: Dealings
  • By Strauss: Texts
  • On and On and On: Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • 8 Deconstruction
  • I
  • II
  • III
  • References
  • 9 Reader‐Response Theory
  • Introduction
  • Stylistic Mastery
  • Neural Shakespeare: The Function Shift
  • Martindale and Dailey (1995): Disagreement Reviewed
  • Bortolussi and Dixon (2003): Literariness
  • References
  • 10 Empathy Studies
  • Current scholarship and debates
  • Narrative of the Topic
  • Suggestions for Further Research
  • References
  • 11 Contemporary Proposals about Reading in the Digital Age
  • Distant Reading and Computational Text Analysis
  • Post‐Critical Reading
  • Histories of Everyday Reading
  • Deformative Reading
  • The Contested Futures of Scholarly Reading
  • References
  • Part III: Literary Locations and Cultural Studies
  • 12 The Location of Literature
  • The Serial Delimitation of Literature
  • The Location of Literature Today
  • The Literary System and its Trivium
  • The Literary System and the University
  • References
  • 13 The Verbal and the Visual
  • The Problematic Legacy of Lessing
  • Reading Signs
  • Ekphrasis: Writing about Art
  • References
  • 14 Foucault and Poststructuralism
  • Foucault and Poststructuralism
  • The Return to Thinking Historically
  • The Return of Thinking About the Subject
  • The Emphasis on Difference
  • The Return to Thinking Philosophically about Ethics
  • References
  • 15 Cultural Studies
  • References
  • Part IV: The Politics of Literature
  • 16 Nothing If Not Determined: Marxian Criticism in History
  • References
  • 17 The Frankfurt School and Its Successors
  • The Frankfurt School and Cultural Studies
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • 18 Althusser
  • References
  • 19 New Historicism and Cultural Materialism
  • References
  • 20 Emmanuel Levinas and Giorgio Agamben
  • Encountering Heidegger
  • Levinas and Literature
  • Agamben's Archaeology of Commandment
  • References
  • 21 Postcolonial Theory
  • The Problem of Postcolonial Theory
  • The Anti‐Colonial Roots of Postcolonial Thought
  • From Poststructuralism to Postcolonial Theory
  • References
  • 22 Globalization Studies
  • Introduction: What Is Globalization?
  • A New Role for the Imagination in Social Life
  • Globalization and Literary Studies
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Part V: Identities
  • 23 Race/Literature/Theory
  • References
  • 24 Ethnic Studies
  • Introduction
  • Struggles Over Literatures
  • Reading Otherwise
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • 25 Anglophone Feminisms
  • References
  • 26 Gender Theory
  • The Interdisciplinarity of Gender Theory
  • Masculinity Studies
  • Transgender Studies
  • Femininities in the 1990s, Girlhood Studies
  • References
  • 27 Queer Theory
  • Queering Gender/Sexuality
  • Queering Sociality
  • Critiques of Queer Theory, and Responses
  • The Reach of Queer Theory
  • References
  • 28 Disability Studies
  • Disability as an Identity
  • Early Literary Disability Studies and Normalcy
  • Reading Disability
  • Recovering Disabled Writing
  • Going Forward: Disability and Intersectionality
  • References
  • 29 Trauma Studies
  • Starting with Freud
  • Literary Trauma Theory: Caruth and the First Wave
  • Pluralistic Trauma Theory: A New Model
  • References
  • Part VI: Bodies and Their Minds
  • 30 Freudian Psychoanalytic Criticism
  • References
  • 31 Lacanian Psychoanalytic Criticism
  • Methods for Reading Lacan
  • Subject to Texts?
  • Lacan's Theory of Discourse
  • References
  • 32 Archetypal Criticism
  • References
  • 33 Cognitive Literary Criticism
  • Reading
  • Metaphor
  • Narrative and Fictional Worlds
  • Empathy and Other Minds
  • Imagery and the Question of Immersive Reading
  • Cognitive Poetics and Poetry
  • Postscript: Cognitive Historicism
  • References
  • Part VII: Scientific Inflections
  • 34 Evolutionary Literary Theory
  • The Historical Provenance and Main Contentions of Evolutionary Literary Theory
  • The Institutional Position of Evolutionary Literary Scholars
  • Governing Ideas in Evolutionary Biology
  • The Evolution of Specifically Human Characteristics
  • The Adaptive Functions of Literature and the Other Arts
  • Evolutionary Literary Criticism
  • The Future
  • References
  • 35 Ecocriticism
  • Early and Middle Years
  • Contentious Later Years
  • Ecocriticism's Expanding Purview
  • References
  • 36 Cybernetics and Posthumanism
  • References
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