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The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory

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General Editor Michael Ryan teaches in the Department of Film & MediaArts at Temple University. He is co-editor (with Amitava Kumar) ofPolitics and Culture ( books include Marxism and Deconstruction (1982), CameraPolitica (with Douglas Kellner, 1986), and Politics and Culture(1989). He is the editor of Literary Theory: An Anthology (withJulie Rivkin, 2nd edn. Wiley-Blackwell, 2004) and Cultural Studies:An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). His textbooks includeLiterary Theory: A Practical Introduction (2nd edn.Wiley-Blackwell, 2005), Cultural Studies: A Practical Introduction(Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), An Introduction to Criticism(Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming), and An Introduction to FilmAnalysis (forthcoming). Volume Editors Gregory Castle is Professor of English at Arizona StateUniversity. His publications include Postcolonial Discourses: AReader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001), Modernism and the Celtic Revival(2001), Reading the Modernist Bildungsroman (2006), and TheBlackwell Guide to Literary Theory (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literatureand Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. His booksinclude Ethical Criticism: Reading after Levinas (1997), DoingEnglish (3rd edn., 2009), The Holocaust and the Postmodern (2004),Derrida's Legacies (with Simon Glendenning, 2008), J. M. Coetzee inTheory and Practice (with Elleke Hoehmer and Katy Iddiols, 2009).He is series editor for Routledge Critical Thinkers. M. Keith Booker is the James E. and Ellen Wadley RoperProfessor of English and Director of the Program in ComparativeLiterature and Cultural Studies at the University of Arkansas. Heis the author of more than 30 books, including The Science FictionHandbook (with Anne-Marie Thomas, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).


this unique work employs 320 signed articles written by 223academic contributors at various Anglo-American institutions toconnect literature and sociology. Organized in dictionary formatwithin time period and type of theory (social or literary),articles range from two and three-quarters pages ("Abrams, M.H.")to 11 pages ("Narrative Theory"). Each entry includes abibliography. Volumes 1 and 2 cover literary theories between 1900and 1966 and from 1966 to the present day. Cultural theories appearin Volume 3. See also references incorporating entries in all threevolumes, cross-references within the text, and a detailed indexensure easy research access. BOTTOM LINE An excellent resource forthose attempting to tie literature to the society surrounding it.Recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students inliterature, writing, sociology, and anthropology.-

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