Eagleton-Literary-Theory-an-Introduction Essay

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Literary Theory This page intentionally left blank Literary Theory An Introduction Terry Eagleton With a New Preface ANNIVERSARY EDITION M IN NE SO TA University of Minnesota Press Minneapolis For Charles Swann and Raymond Williams Copyright Terry Eagleton 1983, 1996, 2008 First published in this edition in Great Britain by Blackwell Publishers Ltd. First published in this edition in the United States in 2008 by the University of Minnesota Press All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher. Published in the United States by the University of Minnesota Press 111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290 Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520 http://www.upress.umn.edu Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Eagleton, Terry, 1943Literary theory : an introduction / Terry Eagleton. — Anniversary ed. p. cm. With a new preface. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8166-5447-5 (pb : alk. paper) 1. Criticism—History—20th century. 2. Literature— History and criticism—Theory, etc. I. Title. PN94.E2 2008b 801'.95—dc22 2008006964 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper The University of Minnesota is an equal-opportunity educator and employer. 15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Contents Preface to the Anniversary Edition Preface Introduction: What is Literature? 1. The Rise of English 2. Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Reception Theory 3. Structuralism and Semiotics 4. Post-Structuralism vii xi 1 15 47 79 110 131 169 190 209 217 224 5. Psychoanalysis Conclusion: Political Criticism Afterword Notes Bibliography Index This page intentionally left blank Preface to the Anniversary

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