Monday, March 07, 2011

What is literary theory ?

1) Theory is interdisciplinary - discourse with effects outside an original discipline.

2) Theory is analytical and speculative - an attempt to work out what is involved in what we call sex or language or writing or meaning or the subject.

3) Theory is a critique of common sense, of concepts taken as natural.

4) Theory is reflexive, thinking about thinking, enquiry into the categories we use in making sense of things, in literature and other discursive practices.

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