Michael Ryan con Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction
238pp , in English . ABOUT THE AUTHOR :: Michael Ryan (born 1946 St. Louis ) has been teaching creative writing and literature at the University of California, Irvine from 1990..Previamente taught at the University of Iowa, Princeton University , the University Virginia , and the Warren Wilson College MFA program for Writers . He is also a contributing editor to The Alaska Quarterly Review. [ 2] He is currently the director of the MFA from the University of California, Irvine program. He has written four books of poems, an autobiography , a memoir and a collection of essays on poetry and writing. His work has regularly appeared in The American Poetry Review , The Alaska Quarterly Review, Threepenny Review , The New Yorker , Poetry Magazine. He currently lives in California with his wife, Doreen Gildroy , and their daughter , Emily.
From the Publisher
LITERARY THEORY is the first comprehensive introduction to the practice of literary theory. It demonstrates how the full panolpy of theoretical approaches, from Formalism and Structuralism to Post-Modernism and Gender and Gay/Lesbian Studies, can all be used to read the same texts -- 'King Lear', Henry James' novella 'The Aspern Papers', and a selection of Elizabeth Bishop's poems. Each chapter consists of readings of all three texts through the optic of a single theory or method. The texts are read from every critical perspective. As a result, this unique book clearly illustrates the significant practical differences between contending literary theories and approaches, from Formalism, Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, Marxism, Feminism, and Historicism to Gender and Gay/Lesbian Studies, Ethnic Criticism, Post-Colonial Studies, and Post-Modernism. The book also contains chapters on Cultural Studies and Film Studies, with readings of 'Mildred Pierce' and 'Pulp Fiction'.
From the Back Cover
This new edition of Michael Ryan′s Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction introduces students to the full range of contemporary approaches to the study of literature and culture, from formalism, structuralism, and historicism to ethnic studies, gender studies, and post–colonial studies.
The textbook provides basic instruction for first–time students. Each theory or approach is explained in a way suitable for beginners before it is brought to bear on the same small selection of literary texts, from King Lear to Alice Munro′s short stories and Elizabeth Bishop′s poetry. This edition is unique in that it expands the range of texts to include film, from The Matrix to Run, Lola, Run.
Literary Theory: A Practical Introduction is an ideal resource for use in introductory courses on literary theory and criticism. It contains accessible accounts of the full range of theoretical approaches, and it demonstrates how the same classic and contemporary texts, when read from different perspectives, can lead to a variety of interpretations. The book is designed to function as both a stand–alone text and a companion to Rivkin and Ryan′s Literary Theory: An Anthology (2nd edition).
Michael Ryan teaches American literature and culture, American film, and literary theory at Northeastern University. His books include Marxism and Deconstruction (1982), Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary American Film (with Douglas Kellner, 1986), Politics and Culture (1989), and Literary Theory: An Anthology (2nd edition, edited with Julie Rivkin).