Beginning theory: An introduction to literary and cultural theory 3rd edition (PDF) has been helping college students navigate through the thickets of cultural and literary theory for well over a decade now. This new and expanded 3rd edition continues to offer readers and students the best 1-volume introduction to the field.
The bewildering variety of theorists, approaches and technical language is lucidly and expertly unraveled. Unlike many ebooks which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Peter Barry allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped.
The ebook has been updated and includes 2 new chapters, one of which (Literary theory – a history in 10 events) innovatively surveys the course of theory, while the other (Theory after ‘Theory’) maps the arrival of new ‘isms’ since the second edition appeared in 2002.
Structuralism – Post-structuralism and deconstruction – Liberal humanism – Psychoanalytic criticism – Postmodernism – Lesbian/gay criticism – Feminist criticism – New historicism and cultural materialism – Marxist criticism – Stylistics – Narratology – Postcolonial criticism – Ecocriticism – Presentism/Transversal poetics/ New aestheticism/Historical formalism/Cognitive Poetics.