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The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticismby William E. (edt) Cain
Synopses & Reviews
is the gold standard for anyone who wishes to understand the development and current state of literary theory. Offering 185 pieces (31 of them new) by 148 authors (18 of them new), , Second Edition, is more comprehensive, and more varied, in its selection than any other anthology. New selections from non-western theory and a thoroughly updated twentieth century selection make the book even more diverse and authoritative.
Book News Annotation:
Now in its 2nd edition, this remains the most impressive and useful anthology of literary theory, one that is essential for writers and academics, and ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in English, comparative literature, and related fields. For this edition, works of additional modern and contemporary writers have been added, with selections from Empire, by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri; The Good, the bad, and the ugly; men, women, and masculinity, by Judith Halberstam, and The Mental labor problem, by Andrew Ross, among many others. The coverage of modern and contemporary writers now features 100 writers, of the 150 contained in the anthology. As in the 1st edition, each entry features a lengthy and clearly written introduction by the editors that describes the author's life, career, main theoretical precepts and works, and their impact and reception. Each entry's introduction concludes with a bibliography. The entries are annotated by the editors. Several bibliographies are provided; there are alternative tables of contents grouping the entries by school, genre, historical period, and issues and topics; and both author and subject indexes are provided. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The most comprehensive anthology of theory and criticism, now up-to-date and global.
Edited by scholars and teachers whose interests range from the history of poetics to postmodernism, from classical rhetoric to ériture féminine, and from the social construction of gender to the machinery of academic superstardom, The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticismpromises to become the standard anthology in its field.
About the Author
William E. Cainis the Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English and the director of American Studies at Wellesley College. A scholar of American literature and American literary criticism, Professor Cain is the author of The Crisis in Criticism: Theory, Literature, and Reform in English Studiesand F. O. Matthiessen and the Politics of Criticism. He is the editor of A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreauand co-editor (with Diane Sadoff) of Teaching Literary Theory to Undergraduates. In addition, he has edited a selection of writings by William Lloyd Garrison, and published a critical and contextual edition of The Blithedale Romance.
Laurie A. Finkeis professor and director of the Women"s and Gender Studies Program at Kenyon College. A prominent medievalist and feminist critic, Professor Finke is the author of Feminist Theory, Women"s Writingand of Women"s Writing in English: Medieval England, as well as editor of Medieval Texts and Contemporary Readers, The Sexual Economies of Medieval Romance, and From Renaissance to Restoration: Metamorphoses of the Drama.
Barbara E. Johnsonis professor of English and comparative literature and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. She is a leading figure in contemporary literary theory and the author of The Critical Difference: Essays in the Contemporary Rhetoric of Reading; A World of Difference; The Wake of Deconstruction; and The Feminist Difference: Literature, Psychoanalysis, Race and Gender. Professor Johnson is also the translator of Jacques Derrida"s Dissemination.
John P. McGowanis professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a founding member of UNC"s Program in Cultural Studies. First trained in Victorian literature, Professor McGowan is a leading scholar of postmodernism and of the intersection of political theory and literary theory. He is the author of Representation and Revelation: Victorian Realism from Carlyle to Yeats, Postmodernism and Its Critics, and Hannah Arendt: An Introduction, and is co-editor (with Craig Calhoun) of Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics.
Jeffrey L. Williamsis associate professor of English at the University of Missouri. He has published widely on theory, the novel, and the politics of the profession. He is the author of Theory and the Novel: Narrative Reflexivity in the British Traditionand is the editor of PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academyand The Institution of Literature. Since 1992, Professor Williams has edited the literary and critical journal Minnesota Review.
Vincent B. Leitch, General Editor, is a professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the Paul and Carol Daube Sutton Chair in English. A foremost historian of contemporary literary criticism and theory, Professor Leitch is the author of the standard history, American Literary Criticism from the 1930s to the 1980s, as well as of Deconstructive Criticism; Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism; and Postmodernism-Local Effects, Global Flows.
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