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Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. It sounds daunting: all those -isms, long technical words, weird French thinkers, and incomprehensible Germans. Most books providing introductions to "Literary Theory" are long-winded tomes, guiding dogged readers through the twists and turns of critical analysis and logic. This small volume goes to the heart of the key concepts of Literary Theory, explaining them in clear everyday language. It provides witty and memorable comments and quotations, and enables the student of literature to raise the most pertinent and challenging questions, which even university professors have difficulty answering.
Published: Oldcastle Books an imprint of Independent Publishers Group on Feb 3, 2012
Dry as hell, but what do you expect from a 'Pocket Essentials' guide? Lit Crit is something I've no experience with, and want to spend some time learning about, so I figured a broad overview might not be the worst place to start. Now that I have, I know which parts I find interesting and which parts seem really dull, or beside the point, or just outside my own realm of interest. But it's a short enough book that it was fine for what it was.read more