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Theory 2: History and Contextualization

General reading on literary theory

Barry, Peter, Beginning Theory: an introduction to literary and cultural theory (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009)

Bennett, Andrew and Nicholas Royle, Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (Harlow: Prentice Hall, 1995; second edition 1999)

Cuddon, J A, Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (London: Penguin, 1998)

Eagleton, Terry, Literary Theory: an Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 1983; repr. 2008).

Rappaport, Herman, The literary theory toolkit [electronic resource] : a compendium of concepts and methods (Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Available via the library catalogue.


Further reading on History and Contextualisastion

Peter Barry, ‘New historicism and cultural materialism’, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 3rd ed. 2009), 166-84.

Roland Barthes, Sur Racine (Paris: Seuil, 1963).

–––– , Essais critiques (Paris: Seuil, 1964).

­­­–––– , ‘Le discours de l’histoire’ [1967], in Le Bruissement de la langue (Paris: Seuil, 1984), 163-77.

Hans Bertens, ‘Reading for Form 2: French structuralism, 1950-75’, Literary Theory: The Basics (London: Routledge, 2nd ed. 2008), 41-60.

Peter Burke, 'Context in Context', Common Knowledge, vol. 8, issue 1, winter 2002, 152-177.

Colin Davis, After Poststructuralism: Reading, Stories and Theory (London: Routledge, 2004), 11-21.

Oliver Davis, Jacques Rancière (Cambridge: Polity, 2010), 57-73.

Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology (Paris: Minuit, 1967).

Jonathan Dollimore & Alan Sinfield, Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2nd ed. 1994); Introduction.

Raymond Picard, La Carrière de Jean Racine (Paris: Gallimard, 2nd ed. 1961).

Jacques Rancière, Les Noms de l’histoire: essai de poétique du savoir (Paris: Seuil, 1992).

Roland Barthes, 'Modernité de Michelet'. Extract to be read in conjunction with the History and Contextualization lecture.

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