Unsurpassed as a text for upper-division and beginning graduate students, Raman Selden's classic text is the liveliest, most readable and most reliable guide to contemporary literary theory. Includes applications of theory, cross-referenced to Selden's companion volume, Practicing Theory and Reading Literature.
A very clear, sustained, impartial guide.~Choice
A good starting point for students who want to have a readable overview of critical theories.~English Literature in Transition
Distinguished chiefly by its clarity and impartiality, this is a useful guide to the main schools of contemporary critical thought.~Journal of Modern Literature
An extremely helpful volume.~South Atlantic Review
The ideal crash course. Remarkable for its clarity.~Times Literary Supplement