Theories of Literature in the Twentieth Century: Structuralism, Marxism, Aesthetics of Reception, Semiotics

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9780312124489: Theories of Literature in the Twentieth Century: Structuralism, Marxism, Aesthetics of Reception, Semiotics

This book takes stock of the major theoretical schools which hold sway over literary studies in the present age. Structuralism, Marxism, Aesthetics of Reception, and Semiotics are discussed in relation to their historical context and their present significance.

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In Theories of Literature in the Twentieth Century the authors offer a stock-taking of major theoretical schools that held sway over literary studies in the present age. Structuralism, Marxism, Aesthetics of Reception, and Semiotics are discussed in relation to their historical context and their present significance. This fourth printing has a new, extended preface in which new developments in the theory of interpretation - deconstruction, poststructuralism - and the empirical study of literature are set forth. Theories of Literature in the Twentieth Century has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, and Korean.

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Elrud Ibsch is professor of General and Comparative Literature at the Free University, Amsterdam.

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