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This third edition of Hans Bertens’ best-selling book is an essential guide to the often confusing and complicated world of literary theory. Exploring a broad range of topics from Marxist and feminist criticism to postmodernism and new historicism Literary Theory: The Basics covers contemporary topics including:

  • Reception theory and reader response theory
  • The new criticism of postmodernism
  • The ‘after theory’ debate
  • Post-humanism, biopolitics and animal studies
  • Aesthetics

Literary Theory: The Basics helps listeners to approach the many theories and debates in this field with confidence. Now with updated case studies and further reading, this is an essential purchase for anyone who strives to understand literary theory today.

©2013 Hans Berten (P)2020 Taylor & Francis

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Perfect introduction to big "theory"

If I was a college or university student studying the humanities, I would listen to this book now twice before the class starts. You'll be equipped with the 101 tools for reading a narrative text. If your a STEM person and need help orienting yourself to what everyone is talking about in your non-STEM general ed credit course, think of this as your tour guide.

It's better as an audio-book than a book-book because it's like listening to a lecture. But more thorough and better than a lecture. Narrator is a bit slow so I would recommend 1.5X playback speed or higher. This audiobook is a cornerstone of at-home-learning for English majors and Philosophy majors and Anthropology majors and many others.

Great quick historical overview for those new or need a refresher. Especially for people confused by the term "postmodern".

Perfect for supplemental at home learning if you want an A+. [To write a paper: list out the ten big ideas you think are most interesting in this book, pick some from the beginning and some from the end of this book, Literary Theory. then pick a narrative text (e.g. a Shakespeare play or Toni Morrison novel etc.). write one paragraph per each literary theory big idea about how each idea from this audiobook can be used to show us something about your specific narrative text. cite a quote in this book and cite a quote from your narrative text in each paragraph. put those ten paragraphs about "how these ten literary theory ideas help us see 10 things going on in our text" into some kind of sequential order that makes sense and ladders up to one larger all-encompassing thesis. remove any paragraphs that are no longer helpful. write that one sentence all-encompassing thesis in the first paragraph and last paragraph. and presto!]

This is one of the few books on theory on Audible. Kind of surprised they didn't do an audiobook version of Routledge's more highly favored "Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide"

Excited they are producing this series on Audible. They need to make audio versions of their more popular "The Basics" books: Research Methods, Phenomenology (and Routledge's The Phenomenology Reader), Sociology, Public Relations, Corporate Finance, Human Geography, Film Studies, Media Studies, Logic, Finance, Metaphysics, Art History.

Audible really needs audio version's Routledge's "Critical Thinkers" series (especially "Stuart Hall" and "Gilles Deleuze") and the series "The Routledge Philosophers" (especially "Aristotle" and "Dewey") and additionally, "The Routledge Guidebook to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit". There will be lots of enthusiasm for these titles among audiobook listeners.

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