Feminism: Contemporary Literary Theory

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A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory
Fifth edition



A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory



A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory

Raman Selden Peter Widdowson Peter Brooker


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Preface to the Fifth Edition Introduction 1 New Criticism, moral formalism and F. R. Leavis Origins: Eliot, Richards, Empson 15 The American New Critics 18 Moral formalism: F. R. Leavis 23

ix 1 15


Russian formalism and the Bakhtin School
Shklovsky, Mukar ovsky, Jakobson 30 ˇ ´ The Bakhtin School 39



Reader-oriented theories
Phenomenology: Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer 49 Hans Robert Jauss and Wolfgang Iser 50 Fish, Riffaterre, Bleich 55



Structuralist theories
The linguistic background 63 Structuralist narratology 67 Metaphor and metonymy 72 Structuralist poetics 75



Marxist theories
Soviet Socialist Realism 84 Lukács and Brecht 86 The Frankfurt School and After: Adorno and Benjamin 91 ‘Structuralist’ Marxism: Goldmann, Althusser, Macherey 95 ‘New Left’ Marxism: Williams, Eagleton, Jameson 99




Feminist theories
First-wave feminist criticism: Woolf and de Beauvoir 117 Second-wave feminist criticism 120 Kate Millett: sexual politics 123 Marxist feminism 125 Elaine Showalter: gynocriticism 126 French feminism: Kristeva, Cixous, Irigaray 129



Poststructuralist theories
Roland Barthes 148 Psychoanalytic theories: 153 Jacques Lacan 156 Julia Kristeva 161 Deleuze and Guattari 162 Deconstruction: Jacques Derrida 164 American deconstruction 171 Michel Foucault 178 New Historicism and Cultural Materialism 180



Postmodernist theories
Jean Baudrillard 200 Jean-François Lyotard 203 Postmodernism and Marxism 206 Postmodern feminisms 209



Postcolonialist theories
Edward Said 220 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 223 Homi K. Bhabha 226 Race and ethnicity 229



Gay, lesbian and queer theories
Gay theory and criticism 244 Lesbian feminist theory and criticism 247 Queer...
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