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Written in concise and clear language, this book offers anhistorical overview of literary criticism and theory throughout thetwentieth century along with a close analysis of some of the mostimportant and commonly taught texts from the period.


  • Provides an accessible introduction to modern literary theoryand criticism
  • Places various modes of criticism within their historical andintellectual contexts
  • Offers close readings of some of the major critical texts ofthe period
  • Explores the works of a diverse group of 20th-century writers,including Babbitt, Woolf, Bakhtin, Heidegger, Lacan, Derrida,Judith Butler, Zizek, Nussbaum, Negri and Hardt
  • Covers formalism, psychoanalysis, structuralism,deconstruction, Marxism, feminism, reader-response criticism,historicism, gender studies, cultural studies, and film theory

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Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History is the mostcomprehensive account of modern criticism and theory available inthe English language. It provides a historical survey of thevarious modes of literary criticism developed in the twentiethcentury. It is distinguished from other texts in the field not onlyby providing the larger historical contexts of modern criticalworks, but also by engaging in close readings of some of the majorand commonly taught texts, offering clear, detailed, andphilosophically informed explanations of difficult works.

This broadly chronological narrative explores the works of adiverse group of twentieth-century writers – from IrvingBabbitt and T. S. Eliot through Simone de Beauvoir and MartinHeidegger to Jacques Derrida, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., JudithButler, Slavoj Žižek, and Elaine Scarry. It stresses thecontinuity and connections between the various critical approachesof formalism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction,Marxism, feminism, gender studies, reader-response and receptiontheory, historicism, cultural studies, and film theory, as well asthe new emphases on aestheticism and liberalism. An invaluableresource for students and teachers at all levels, this book willalso appeal to anyone interested in modern literature andculture.

About the Author:

M.A.R. Habib is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. He received his D.Phil. in English from Oxford University, and is the author of five books, including A History of Literary Criticism and Theory: From Plato to the Present (Blackwell, 2005).

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