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