How to Do Theory
By (author) Wolfgang Iser
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How to Do Theory by Wolfgang Iser
Book DescriptionThis succinct introduction to modern theories of literature and the arts demonstrates how each theory is built and what it can accomplish. It represents a wide variety of theories, including phenomenological theory, hermeneutical theory, gestalt theory, reception theory, semiotic theory, Marxist theory, deconstruction, anthropological theory, and feminist theory. It uses classic literary texts, such as Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn", Spenser's "The Shephearde's Calender" and T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" to illustrate his explanations. It includes key statements by the major proponents of each theory. It presents the different theories objectively, allowing students to decide which if any, they subscribe to. It gives students a sense of the potential of theory. It includes a glossary of technical terms.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781405115803
(228mm x 154mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Wolfgang Iser
Walter Pater, Paperback (February 2011)
Within this text, first published in German in 1960, the influential German literary scholar Wolfgang Iser writes engagingly of Pater's aesthetic.
Range of Interpretation, Paperback (August 2001)
In this work philosopher Wolfgang Iser offers a fresh perspective on questions such as why do human beings need fictions? And why do human beings need to interpret, despite the fact that complete interpretation is unattainable?
Fictive and the Imaginary, Paperback (March 1993)
Ranging from the Renaissance pastoral to Coleridge to Sartre and Beckett, The Fictive and the Imaginary is a distinguished work of scholarship from one of Europe's most respected and influential critics.
Prospecting, Paperback (February 1993)» View all books by Wolfgang Iser
Why do we need literature and what does this need tell us about human nature? Iser shows how these questions come from his work on reader-response criticism and that the answers may lie in the new field of literary anthropology. He relates theoretical issues to analyses of individual works.
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Author Biography - Wolfgang Iser
Wolfgang Iser is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Irvine. He is recognized as the founding theorist behind reception theory. His publications include the classic theoretical texts, The Implied Reader: Patterns of Communication from Bunyan to Beckett (1978) and The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response (1979).
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