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The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism 2e

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You can enter in knowing nothing and come out with a reasonable grasp of Marxism, formalism, german idealism, feminism, queer theory, reader-response theory. Overall this book is excellent, and I would thoroughly recommend it to any student considering further education. Sin embargo, el libro estaba manchado por el lado (en la foto se ve mejor de lo que es) y las esquinas como si se hubieran golpeado. I personally enjoyed the opportunity to experience some new (and in some cases improved) translations of familiar works, particularly a selection of wonderfully eloquent excerpt from Nietzsche's 'Birth of Tragedy' translated by Ronald Spiers which was a refreshing change from my Kauffmann and Hollingdale editions.

That's not a major issue, however, in an otherwise spectacular anthology of a vital subject area for any student of literature. In a life full of reading books, there are few books that have given me so much satisfaction to be done with.

The pages do crumple and fold somewhat readily, although some might suggest that a well loved book needs a little wear and tear. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism is the gold standard for anyone who wishes to understand the development and current state of literary theory. There's also a great sample of disability in literature that's presented in such an interesting way. Obviously, some excerpts are covered in more detail than others, as the book is only approximately 2700 pages long and therefore doesn't contain the full publications by each of these figures, merely snippets and excerpts.

g., "The Body," "Marxism," "Gay and Lesbian Criticism and Queer Theory") as well as by author and historical period.

But from what I did read I liked Postcolonialism the best and I really liked reading Freud's essays. A prominent medievalist and feminist critic, Professor Finke is the author of Cinematic Illuminations: The Middle Ages on Film (Johns Hopkins UP), King Arthur and the Myth of History (University Press of Florida), Feminist Theory, Women’s Writing (Cornell UP) and Women’s Writing in English: The Middle Ages (Longman) and the editor of Medieval Texts and Contemporary Readers (Cornell UP). The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. This book is a good tool, and it will increase your sense of self every time you look at the thing on your shelf. This complement is backhanded but sincere: I'm glad that I know more about the theories and history: I'm glad I won't have to toil through this thing any more.

It can't ever hope to replace original texts of course, but either as an introduction or a handy collection for easy reference, it does hold a vast selection of real gems. This is a highly useful book for any students of literature, critical theory, philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies, media or history. Offering 185 pieces (31 of them new) by 148 authors (18 of them new), The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism , Second Edition, is more comprehensive, and more varied, in its selection than any other anthology.I believe I left it blank because I never read the entire thing(thank you, compassionate professors). As an anthology it does a good job and is helpful for those who don't necessarily want to read it all. It was where I first met the likes of Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Freud, and scores of other cultural critics. I purchased this for my undergraduate degree in English and we have been directed to it a lot from our course leaders and it is useful for accesible background reading and secondary reading for essays and such as it contains a very wide range of critical analyses/essays etc.

Belongs on the bookcase of every liberal arts, humanities, philosophy, literature or cultural studies enthusiast. Not that useful for the section on Freud either - his work can be found in easier to read formats and many times free. I especially enjoyed the psychoanalytic theorists (especially Jacques Lacan), felt as though my discarded feelings regarding women's rights and responsibilities were revived with feminist critique (espcially my beloved Simone de Beauvoir -- I actually cried reading the Second Sex). However, with the lighter colours such as orange and yellow it is more than possible to highlight on any page. Just one paper in the whole thing offered what was for me a compelling and new perspective, and that was Georges Poulet's "Phenomenology of Reading.

Minor personal quibble would be a lack of work from Jung (which was included in the previous edition, but sadly not this) or Goethe/Schopenhauer, yet selection is of course a personal taste.

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