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Acknowledgments x Alphabetical Listing of Key Movements and Theories xii Introduction 1 The Nature of Literary Theory 2 What is Literature? 4 The Practice of Theory 8 How To Use the Handbook 9 1 The Rise of Literary Theory 11 Early Developments in Literary Theory 12 Modernism and Formalism, 1890s?1940s 18 Cultural and Critical Theory, 1930s?1960s 24 The Poststructuralist Turn, 1960s?1970s 27 Culture, Gender, and History, 1980s?1990s 33 Postmodernism and Post-Marxism, 1980s?2000s 39 Posthumanism: Theory at the Fin de Siecle 44 Conclusion 47 2 The Scope of Literary Theory 51 1 Form/Structure/Narrative/Genre 52 Formalism and Structuralism 52 New Criticism 59 Chicago School Neo-Aristotelian Theory 63 Narrative Theory/Narratology 68 Theory of the Novel 75 2 Ideology/Philosophy/History/Aesthetics 84 Marxist Theory 84 Critical Theory 91 Post-Marxist Theory 101 New Historicism/Cultural Poetics 119 Postmodernism 125 3 Language/Systems/Texts/Readers 142 Phenomenology and Hermeneutics 142 Reader-Response Theory 153 Deconstruction 160 Poststructuralism 167 4 Mind/Body/Gender/Identity 178 Psychoanalysis 178 Feminist Theory 190 Gender Studies 198 Gay and Lesbian Studies 204 Trauma Studies 209 5 Culture/Ethnicities/Nations/Locations 218 Cultural Studies 218 African American Studies 225 Ethnic and Indigenous Studies 231 Chicano/a Studies 232 Native and Indigenous Studies 235 Asian American Studies 237 Postcolonial Studies 242 Transnationalism 254 6 People/Places/Bodies/Things 266 Posthumanism 266 Evolutionary Literary Theory 278 Object-Oriented Ontologies 283 Disability Studies 290 Ecocriticism 298 3 Key Figures in Literary Theory 313 Theodor Adorno (1903?69) 313 Giorgio Agamben (1942? ) 314 Louis Althusser (1918?90) 315 Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin (1895?1975) 316 Roland Barthes (1915?80) 317 Jean Baudrillard (1929?2007) 318 Walter Benjamin (1892?1940) 319 Homi Bhabha (1949? ) 320 Pierre Bourdieu (1930?2002) 321 Lawrence Buell (1939? ) 322 Judith Butler (1956? ) 323 Helene Cixous (1937? ) 324 Lennard Davis (1949? ) 324 Teresa de Lauretis (1939? ) 325 Gilles Deleuze (1925?95) and Felix Guattari (1930?92) 326 Paul de Man (1919?83) 327 Jacques Derrida (1930?2004) 328 Terry Eagleton (1943? ) 330 Frantz Fanon (1925?61) 330 Stanley Fish (1938? ) 331 Michel Foucault (1926?84) 332 Henry Louis Gates (1950? ) 333 Sandra Gilbert (1936? ) and Susan Gubar (1944? ) 334 Stephen Greenblatt (1943? ) 335 Elizabeth Grosz (1952? ) 336 Stuart Hall (1932? ) 337 Donna Haraway (1944? ) 338 N. Katherine Hayles (1943? ) 339 bell hooks (1952? ) 340 Luce Irigaray (1930? ) 341 Wolfgang Iser (1926?2007) 342 Fredric Jameson (1934? ) 343 Julia Kristeva (1941? ) 344 Jacques Lacan (1901?81) 345 Bruno Latour (1947? ) 346 Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924?98) 348 J. Hillis Miller (1928? ) 349 Antonio Negri (1933? ) 350 Jacques Ranciere (1940? ) 351 Edward Said (1935?2003) 352 Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (1950?2009) 353 Elaine Showalter (1941? ) 354 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1942? ) 355 Raymond Williams (1921?88) 356 Cary Wolfe (1959? ) 358 Slavoj ?i?ek (1949? ) 358 4 Reading with Literary Theory 361 William Shakespeare, The Tempest 362 John Keats, ?Ode on a Grecian Urn? 364 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre; Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea 366 Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness; Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart 370 Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse 374 Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God 376 Samuel Beckett, Endgame 378 Salman Rushdie, Midnight?s Children 380 Recommendations for Further Reading 383 Glossary 392 Index 412

About the Author

Gregory Castle is a professor of British and Irishliterature at Arizona State University. He is author ofModernism and the Celtic Revival (2001), Reading theModernist Bildungsroman (2006), and The BlackwellGuide to Literary Theory (2007) and has editedPostcolonial Discourses (2000) and the Encyclopedia ofLiterary and Cultural Theory, vol. 1 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).He has also published numerous essays on Joyce, Yeats, Wilde, andother Irish writers.

Reviews

?Gregory Castle's Literary Theory Handbook brings his account of theory up to the minute, practically, incorporating--and relating to one another--the most significant developments in literary and cultural theory of the twenty-first century (cognitive theory, the new materialism, disability studies, ecocriticism and animal studies). Castle does justice to the complexity of the issues he covers (his handling of deconstruction and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory is admirable), and one has to marvel at both the impartiality of his account and the lucidity of his writing, with a clear sense throughout of his audience and of what needs to be said.??David Richter, CUNY "Comprehensive and clear, Castle's Handbook is essential for students seeking accessible and thorough summaries of all of the schools of contemporary critical thought and analysis. Each chapter covers a lot of material, and each is beautifully written."?Michael Ryan, Temple University

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