This third edition of Modern Criticism and Theory represents a major expansion on its previous incarnations with some twenty five new pieces or essays included This expansion has two principal purposes Firstly in keeping with the collection’s aim to reflect contemporary preoccupations the reader has expanded forward to include such newly emergent considerations as ecocriticism and post theory Secondly with the aim of presenting as broad an account of modern theory as possible the reader expands backwards to to take in exemplary pieces by formative writers and thinkers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries such as Marx Freud and Virginia Woolf This radical expansion of content is prefaced by a wide ranging introduction which provides a rationale for the collection and demonstrates how connections can be made between competing theories and critical schoolsThe purpose of thecollection remains that of introducing the reader to the guiding concepts of contemporary literary and cultural debate It does so by presenting substantial extracts from seminal thinkers and surrounding them with the contextual materials necessary to a full understanding Each selection has a headnote which gives biographical details of the author and provides suggestions for further reading and footnotes that help explain difficult references The collection is ordered both historically and thematically and readers are encouraged to draw for themselves connections between essays and theories Modern Criticism and Theory has long been regarded as a necessary collection Now revised for the twenty first century it goes further and provides students and the general reader with a wide ranging survey of the complex landscape of modern theory and a critical assessment of the way we think – and live – in the world todayThis third edition of Modern Criticism and Theory represents a major expansion on its previous incarnations with some twenty five new pieces or essays included This expansion has two principal purposes Firstly in keeping with the collection’s aim to reflect contemporary preoccupations the reader has expanded forward to include such newly emergent considerations as ecocriticism and post theory Secondly with the aim of presenting as broad an account of modern theory as possible the reader expands backwards to to take in exemplary pieces by formative writers and thinkers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries such as Marx Freud and Virginia Woolf This radical expansion of content is prefaced by a wide ranging introduction which provides a rationale for the collection and demonstrates how connections can be made between competing theories and critical schoolsThe purpose of thecollection remains that of introducing the reader to the guiding concepts of contemporary literary and cultural debate It does so by presenting substantial extracts from seminal thinkers and surrounding them with the contextual materials necessary to a full understanding Each selection has a headnote which gives biographical details of the author and provides suggestions for further reading and footnotes that help explain difficult references The collection is ordered both historically and thematically and readers are encouraged to draw for themselves connections between essays and theories Modern Criticism and Theory has long been regarded as a necessary collection Now revised for the twenty first century it goes further and provides students and the general reader with a wide ranging survey of the complex landscape of modern theory and a critical assessment of the way we think – and live – in the world todayThis third edition of Modern Criticism and Theory represents a major expansion on its previous incarnations with some twenty five new pieces or essays included This expansion has two principal purposes Firstly in keeping with the collection’s aim to reflect contemporary preoccupations the reader has expanded forward to include such newly emergent considerations as ecocriticism and post theory Secondly with the aim of presenting as broad an account of modern theory as possible the reader expands backwards to to take in exemplary pieces by formative writers and thinkers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries such as Marx Freud and Virginia Woolf This radical expansion of content is prefaced by a wide ranging introduction which provides a rationale for the collection and demonstrates how connections can be made between competing theories and critical schoolsThe purpose of thecollection remains that of introducing the reader to the guiding concepts of contemporary literary and cultural debate It does so by presenting substantial extracts from seminal thinkers and surrounding them with the contextual materials necessary to a full understanding Each selection has a headnote which gives biographical details of the author and provides suggestions for further reading and footnotes that help explain difficult references The collection is ordered both historically and thematically and readers are encouraged to draw for themselves connections between essays and theories Modern Criticism and Theory has long been regarded as a necessary collection Now revised for the twenty first century it goes further and provides students and the general reader with a wide ranging survey of the complex landscape of modern theory and a critical assessment of the way we think – and live – in the world today


5 thoughts on “Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader

  1. says:

    I had to buy this book for university and so far it has been great It is a collection of essays written by theorists within their chosen fields and offers critiues and close readings of varied texts The language is a little dense so I wouldn't recommend this for someone that is new to critical theory but once you get past that it is a very interesting readIf I didn't need this for a class then I probably would not have bought it


  2. says:

    I've not yet had chance to peruse the text however I can say that it arrived dirty which may or may not have occurred in transit and the binding concerns me The binding glue is thick in the centre of the book but very very thin I'd daresay nonexistent towards the outer pages leaving me concerned as to the book's durability


  3. says:

    Fabulous book At first I was hesitant about buying it for my univeristy module on critical perspectives as I didn't really enjoy reading literary criticism however this book has completely changed my opinion I am now proud to say that I love Literary criticism I will definitely be keeping this after univeristy


  4. says:

    Great for english studies easy to read


  5. says:

    Hugely useful to my English Literature studies