Shedding light on everything from literature and social identity to poetry poetics and rhetoric literary theory is a welcome guide for all lovers of literature about the series combining authority with wit accessibility and style very short introductions offer an introduction to some of lifes most interesting topics. Like most of the volumes in oxfords very short introduction series culler covers most of the big ideas within literary theory he also includes an appendix with summaries of the major theoretical schools and movements. Literary theory a very short introduction addresses the questions what is literary theory is there a relationship between literature and culture in fact what is literature and does it matter often a controversial subject said to have transformed the study of culture and society in the past two decades literary theory is accused of undermining respect for tradition and truth and . An understanding of literary theory is useful to students of any literature making this an excellent introduction for literature undergraduates part of the bestselling very short introductions series over three million copies sold worldwide. Literary theory a very short introduction jonathan culler has always been about the best person around at explaining literary theory without oversimplifying it or treating it with polemical bias literary theory a very short introduction is an exemplary work in this genre j hillis miller university of california irvine
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