Key Concepts in Literary Theory presents the student of literary and critical studies with a broad range of accessible, precise and authoritative definitions of the most significant terms and concepts currently used in psychoanalytic, poststructuralist, Marxist, feminist, and postcolonial literary studies. The third edition of this bestselling guide also provides clear and useful discussions of the main areas of literary, critical, and cultural theory, supported by bibliographies and an expanded chronology of major thinkers. Accompanying the chronology are short biographies of major works by each critic or theorist.
“This glossary reflects the transitions in literary studies during the closing decades of the 20th century to realign itself along a number of philosophical, political, and cultural axes. In addition to expanding the canon and redrawing the boundaries of critical theory along a variety of sociological fronts, the field has absorbed terms from gender studies, queer theory, post-structuralism, post-modernism, historical studies, cultural criticism, and other theoretical realms.”—Reference and Research Book News