Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader

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David Lodge, Nigel Wood
Longman, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 532 pages

'in our era, criticism is not merely a library of secondary aids to the understanding and appreciation of literary texts, but also a rapidly expanding body of knowledge in its own right'

"David Lodge"

This new edition of David Lodge's "Modern Criticism and Theory" is fully revised and expanded to take account of the developments in theoretical contemporary literary criticism since the publication of the first edition in 1988. Building on the strengths of the first edition, this volume is designed to introduce the reader to the guiding concepts of present literary and cultural debate by presenting substantial extracts from the most seminal thinkers. As with the original edition there is a selection of the most important and representative work from the major schools in contemporary criticism.

Concise introductions with updated suggestions for further reading give a context for each essay and the editors have provided footnotes that help explain the most difficult references. Both students and general readers are encouraged to identify for themselves links between essays, as the selection is ordered both historically and thematically.

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Contents

Ferdinand de Saussure
1
Walter Benjamin
10
Roman Jakobson
30
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

David Lodge is Honorary Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he became a full-time writer. He is well-known as a novelist, and has also written screenplays and stageplays. He edited 2oth Century Literary Criticism (Longman, 1972) which has become a companion volume to Modern Criticism and Theory.

Nigel Wood is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at De Montfort University.

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