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- Editor: Routledge; Edición: 3 (24 de noviembre de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0415506751
- ISBN-13: 978-0415506755
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Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 24 nov 2014
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"Lois Tyson's Critical Theory Today is an accessible introduction to many of the major schools of literary interpretation. She provides clear explanations and illuminating cross-comparisons that work very effectively in the undergraduate classroom." Elizabeth Renker, Professor of English, The Ohio State University, USA
"For anyone who wants to understand contemporary cultural theory, Critical Theory Today is the undisputed starting point for that understanding. No other introduction to theory presents each theory on its own terms in the way that Lois Tyson's indispensable work does. She combines penetrating clarity with theoretical sophistication in order to create a book that everyone can learn from. The welcome new third edition provides a keyhole into what's going on right now in the rapidly changing world of contemporary theory." Todd McGowan, Associate Professor, The University of Vermont, USA
"An encyclopedic and eminently readable book, one that should be an authoritative vade mecum for both undergraduates and graduates alike, plus those faculty teaching such courses and wishing a quick refresher." David Greetham, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York, Graduate Center, USA
Praise for the Second edition:
'Tyson has covered the entire range of current theories and presents them in accessible prose...she makes psychoanalysis come alive as a body of ideas that can help the students learn important things about their lives and, as a result, about Literature...it is better than any other work I have seen...I would use it as the text in an introduction to theory for undergraduates...also be a regular source in a number of other courses, since its coverage of a range of theories makes it a fine starting point in numerous cases.' Walter A. Davis, Professor of English, The Ohio State University, USA
'Tyson's incomparable critical theory textbook is the long-awaited answer to my prayers...While it is intellectually rigorous, it is a kinder, gentler theory text which prioritizes encouraging students to reach and enabling them to meet its challenges, rather than intimidating and debilitating them with pretentious jargon...uniquely accessible...Tyson's respectful and thoughtful negotiation of the lesbian/gay/queer theory chapter is particularly outstanding...a tour-de-force which puts others to shame and should inhabit every personal and professional academic library...we owe her a world of gratitude for this enlightening, passionate achievement.' Roseanne Hoefel, Department of English, Alma College, USA
'The very best thing by far that has been done in the field...clear coverage of every major field in literary criticism without sacrifice of accuracy...written from a uniquely integrated theoretical perspective, it could easily be used in philosophy as well as English literature classes.' Alan Hausman, Department of Philosophy, Hunter College, City University of New York, USA
'Wise and helpful, inspiriting and provocative, reassuring and calming, comprehensive and convincing...should be adopted as an exemplar of how critical theory can be accommodated and described without sacrificing clarity and seriousness of purpose. If only those producing critical theory could hew to the expository and pedagogical standards of this volume, theory would be much more accepted as a valid and necessary part of contemporary social and intellectual life rather than as a...series of codes and ritual practised by an academic clerisy.' David Greetham, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York, Graduate Center, USA
Reseña del editor
This thoroughly updated third edition of Critical Theory Today offers an accessible introduction to contemporary critical theory, providing in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis today, including: feminism; psychoanalysis; Marxism; reader-response theory; New Criticism; structuralism and semiotics; deconstruction; new historicism and cultural criticism; lesbian, gay, and queer theory; African American criticism and postcolonial criticism.
This new edition features:
- a major expansion of the chapter on postcolonial criticism that includes topics such as Nordicism, globalization and the ‘end’ of postcolonial theory, global tourism and global conservation
- an extended explanation of each theory, using examples from everyday life, popular culture, and literary texts
- a list of specific questions critics ask about literary texts
- an interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby through the lens of each theory
- a list of questions for further practice to guide readers in applying each theory to different literary works
- updated and expanded bibliographies
Both engaging and rigorous, this is a "how-to" book for undergraduate and graduate students new to critical theory and for college professors who want to broaden their repertoire of critical approaches to literature.Ver Descripción del producto
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I updated to this edition because it is revised and updated. Not disappointed - of all the lit theory texts that I've examined, Tyson's remains the best by far.
I read along with the students. Chapters one, two, and three were a great introduction to the books organization. I liked the section where Tyson suggested the questions an advocate of a particular method might ask. I pointed out to students that they should think about and use these questions; there was no need for them to struggle with attempts at originality in questioning, that part of the struggle had been done for them. Tyson’s examples throughout the book, exclusive of the Gatsby examples, emphasized that theory is nice, but then…what do we do with it? The use of different theories to criticize Gatsby was a very effective compare and contrast strategy to analyze a book that should be familiar to many; if they hadn’t read it they probably saw the movie. It is a start.
Chapters subsequent to chapter three seemed to be a bit more confusing to my students who generally want a clearly defined answer to something. They do not like the academically generic comments such as “Different theorists looking at this methodology will have different interpretations” and “This method can also contain elements of the following approaches.” While the above paraphrases are accurate, they can be very frustrating to students who then come to believe “Everything is everything.” I found that my task was to constantly reinforce the idea that the purpose of this text was to shed light on precisely these problems and encourage student reflection.
There were things I would like to have seen in the text, but I have to defer to the rights of the author to pick and choose some definitive events or examples and leave out others. In the chapter on African American criticism I spent time explaining the differences in power between federal and state legal systems of the US. This was unique to students outside the US, but I felt it necessary when talking about Brown vs. Board of Education (1954). The text encouraged readers to believe that the Supreme Court case was not followed up with any action, but that ignored the horrible conflicts that erupted over programs of mandatory school bussing, programs that were influenced, if not directed by, the federal Supreme Court.
In the chapter on LBGT criticism, I realize the emphasis is on literature, but Eleanor Roosevelt was a prolific writer as she promoted many programs inclusive of the African American community, the Jewish community, and, not surprisingly, the community of those with different capabilities.
I ended the class with the chapter on Reader-Response criticism. Given the comments by Tyson on the first page of the chapter (most students initially think this is easy), it may not surprise some readers after reading the chapter that this is one of the more difficult chapters.
Overall, I found this a high value book for my students as well as myself. I recommend it to anyone attempting to tackle and explain literary criticism. If there were things left out that are favorites of mine, maybe I will include them in my later writings.