The Direction of Literary Theory

  • Authors
  • Steven Earnshaw

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Steven Earnshaw
      Pages 1-18
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Steven Earnshaw
      Pages 107-118
    3. Steven Earnshaw
      Pages 135-149
    4. Steven Earnshaw
      Pages 150-159
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 160-182

About this book


An initial proposition is made that literary theory is divided into two broad, antithetical camps - one where the focus is purely textual, the other where the focus is on context. Section One is devoted to resolving this central dichotomy by examining issues that are highly contentious within literary theory (the author, intention, value, postmodernism and history). Section Two critiques theory as a whole within the arts and discusses its possible existence in this non-rational environment. It articulates a number of possible responses with consequences for future research and education.


critique education English literature environment fiction future history history of literature intention knowledge literary theory literature modernism postmodernism proposition

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