Beginning theory an introduction to literary and cultural theory pdf
Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
Feminism is renewed in the s by the women's movement using works of female writers dating back to and male writers to Current feminist literary criticism results from that movement and is concerned with literature as a practical way to influence attitudes and behavior. Nineteenth-century fiction focuses on a woman's marital partner for her social position and happiness. Late-twentieth-century feminist critics expose this sexual inequality. By the s, feminist criticism becomes eclectic by considering other forms of criticism, opens to exploring the female world's nature and outlook, and finds interest in neglected female writers. Elaine Showalter calls the change in male to female writers from "androtexts" to "gynotexts. Browse all BookRags Study Guides.
This non-fiction and quasi-historical text provides an introduction to more than a dozen literary and cultural theories from liberal humanism to twentieth century ecocriticism. Barry becomes aware as an undergraduate at London University in thes that instruction in literary theory is deficient. The first course in literature then is "Beowulf to Virginia Woolf. As a result, Peter Barry writes this introductory book to satisfy student learning needs rather than to exhibit novelists' writing styles. Since his undergraduate study of the "wolves" left him uninspired he writes "Beginning Theory" to inspire today's students to explore and find interest in literature of all types.