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In this audio, Clare Connors gives listeners a generous, eight-hour introduction to the field of Literary Theory. She presents her material clearly, and works to make the subject accessible and relatable to any listener, no matter their formal background. Using fabulous texts by authors such as Annie Proulx and Christina Rosetti, Connors lays out the basic ways literary theorists approach their work.

Narrator Kelly Birch's voice is elegant, and her warm tone engages each listeners as if this audiobook were a private lesson. Rather than feel intimidated, listeners will learn to feel a new confidence to approach reading through a theoretical lens.

Publisher's Summary

Rescuing the subject from dry abstractions, Clare Connors focuses on the real questions that emerge when we read and study literature - such as how we find meaning and how literature relates to its historical context - before exploring the response of theorists. Using selections from works including poetry by Christina Rossetti and Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain, Connors unites theory with practice, revealing how enjoyable it is to think about reading.

©2010 Clare Connors (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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A "story" only in a narratological sense :-)

Where does Literary Theory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About tenth overall, but first or second among academic books.

What other book might you compare Literary Theory to and why?

Various other guides to Theory--this one is particularly good at balancing names, dates, technical details, and movements with acts of disentanglement of literary texts.

What about Kelly Birch’s performance did you like?

A warm, wonderful, seductive, yet intellectual British accent--one of the book's chief pleasures!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The reading of Secret Sharer was really quite sophisticated, especially given the "beginner" label of the book.

Any additional comments?

If you want a good introduction to Theory, this is it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeffrey
  • 02-21-16

A "story" only in a narratological sense :-)

Where does Literary Theory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About tenth overall, but first or second among academic books.

What other book might you compare Literary Theory to and why?

Various other guides to Theory--this one is particularly good at balancing names, dates, technical details, and movements with acts of disentanglement of literary texts.

What about Kelly Birch’s performance did you like?

A warm, wonderful, seductive, yet intellectual British accent--one of the book's chief pleasures!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The reading of Secret Sharer was really quite sophisticated, especially given the "beginner" label of the book.

Any additional comments?

If you want a good introduction to Theory, this is it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful