Literary theory and criticism is an essential component of every English Studies curriculum. However, its vastness and complexity all too often mystifies students. This book has been written with the intention of making literary theory and criticism more accessible and comprehensible to students.
It covers the whole range of theories and movements in literature, from the ancient Greek and Roman theories, to modern-day movements like Cultural Studies and Digital Humanities. The various schools and theories have been presented in separate chapters chronologically, enabling students to map the development of literary theory and criticism through the ages. Complex concepts and theories are explained in simple, lucid language. The salient features of each theory are summarised at the end of each chapter, followed by questions which aid in recollection and critical thinking. A brief summary of an important critical work associated with each theory is also provided, in order to acquaint students with the major literary critical texts of each period.
Ashok G. Chaskar is Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, SP College, Pune. He has published extensively in the field of Indian writing in English, multiculturalism and research methodology.
Anand B. Kulkarni is Head, Department of English, Arts, Commerce & Science College, Pune. He has worked extensively in the field of literary theory and criticism, especially its pedagogical applications in teaching English literature to Indian students.
Part I: Literary Criticism: A Short Introduction