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Your Price: $22.99 CDN
Author: Peter Widdowson
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 240
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 0415169143
ISBN-13: 9780415169141

About the Book:

This introductory volume provides an overview of the history of Literature as a cultural concept, and reflects on the contemporary nature, place and function of what the literary might mean for us today.

The book simply called Literature:

• offers a concise history of the canonic concept of 'literature' from its earliest origins
• illustrates the kinds of theoretical issues which are currently invoked by the term 'literary'
• provides a definition of the 'literary' for the twenty-first century

With Literature well-known critic Peter Widdowson provides a thought-provoking essay on the contemporary relevance of the 'literary' for students.

What people say:

"Recommended to undergraduate and graduate collections of literary theory." — Choice

About the Author:

Peter Widdowson (1942-2009) was a Professor of Literary Studies at the University of Gloucestershire who played an important role in revitalizing the study of English literature through a long career in higher education. He was an important voice in the debates about "theory" in the 1970s and 80s, and was an internationally renowned Thomas Hardy scholar.