How can I thoroughly learn literary theory

Literary Theory - Fashion or Method?

Sine ira et studio pp 359-376 | Cite as

  • Erhard Reckwitz
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In the last twenty years - especially in the first half of the first decade of this century - there has been an increasing number of Anglophone voices who either conjure up, welcome or regret the end of literary and cultural theory. The titles of the relevant texts are accordingly After Theory, Reading After Theory, The Future of Theory or Criticism, Theory and Anti-Theory. In the following, I would like to trace the contours of this debate and comment on it, in which case I will quote some of it in great detail, just to discuss the tone of resentment to visualize any theoretical reflection or abstraction that speaks from some of the relevant texts.

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  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany