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Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: From Structuralism to Ecocriticism

Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory:   From Structuralism to Ecocriticism

  • Pramod K Nayar
  • Author: Pramod K Nayar
    • ISBN:9788131727355
    • 10 Digit ISBN:8131727351
    • Price:Rs. 299.00
    • Pages:290
    • Imprint:Pearson Education
    • Binding:Paperback
    • Status:Available

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    Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: From Structuralism to Ecocriticismis a comprehensive survey of the major theoretical schools that have shaped our ideas about literary and cultural phenomena since the mid-twentieth century. Each chapter in this book traces the origin and development of a specific critical approach up to recent times, with a special focus on key thinkers. Chapters on critical race studies and ecocriticism distinguish this book from many others on this subject. Written in a student-friendly manner, it does not presume prior knowledge of Western philosophical thought and makes Theory approachable for students from various backgrounds. Apart from students of English literature, the book will serve the interdisciplinary interests of students of mass communication, history, sociology and gender studies. It will also appeal to the general reader who wants a clearer picture of that ‘opaque' academic field called Theory.

    Table of Content

    1. Structuralism
    2. Poststructuralism and Deconstruction
    3. Psychoanalytic Criticism
    4. Feminisms
    5. Marxisms
    6. Postcolonial Theory
    7. Queer Theory
    8. New Historicism and Cultural Materialism
    9. Critical Race Studies
    10. Ecocriticism

    Salient Features

    • Important concepts highlighted in boxes
    • Occasional point-wise organization to facilitate readability and easy comprehension
    • Examples from Indian culture that students can connect with
    • A short list for further reading at the end of every chapter
    • Recent developments in critical theory, namely, Ecocriticism and Critical Race Studies, included