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The Philosophy of Modern Literary Theory by Peter V. Zima

The Philosophy of Modern Literary Theory

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The Philosophy of Modern Literary Theory by Peter V. Zima

The Philosophy of Modern Literary Theory presents a short introduction to the problems, theories and concepts of literary critisicm, from the Anglo-American New Criticism to Deconstruction and Postmodernism. The book argues that modern theories can only be properly understood when placed in the philosophical and aesthectic context in which they originated and evolved. The book ranges across not just the philosophical underpinnings of English literature but also the critical literaturesof Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Italy and North America. For the first time, the major schools of literary theory from Marxism to psychoanalysis to Critical Theory are set within their philosophical context. The theorists discussed include Adorno, Bakhtin, Barthes, Benjamin, Croce, Derrida, Eco, Fish, Gadamer, Goldmann, Greimas, Hegel, Heidegger, Jakobson, Jameson, Jauss, Kant, Lukacs, Lyotard, de Man, Mannheim, Marx and Nietzsche. Peter Zima is Professor of Comparative Literature and Director at the Institute of General and Comparative Literature at the University of Klagenfeld.


'A much needed contribution to a debate that has for too long been conducted on very shaky ground. Zima's book is by no means yet another contrastive study of contemporary literary theory or a narrow investigation into the ideology of the aesthetic. It is the most comprehensive and thorough attempt to outline a philosophical and aesthetic genealogy of the many theories that have shaped current literary scholarship'. Rainer Emig, University of Wales, Cardiff'

About the Author

Peter V. Zima is Professor and Director of the Institute of General and Comparative Literature at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. He is the author of a range of critical books, including Deconstruction and Critical Theory.

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Publication date

1st March 2005


Peter V. Zima

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


280 pages


Literary theory



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