What is literary theory? Is there a relationship between literature and culture? These are some of questions addressed by Jonathan Culler. The author is much admired in the field of literary theory, uses easy-to-grasp examples as he outlines the ideas behind schools of criticism that can otherwise be quite daunting, such as deconstruction, semiotics, and postcolonial theory.
Feel bad about not reading or not enjoying the so-called great books? Don't sweat it, its not your fault. For each book, the author reveals how to get the most out of your reading and provides a crib sheet that includes the Buzz, the Best Line, What's Sexy, and What to Skip.