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By Mary Klages

Illustrations By Frank Reynoso

Foreword by Bill Brown


Literature & Fiction/ History/ Criticism & Theory

ISBN-13: 978-1-939994-60-8
Price: US $15.95
6x9, 176 pp
May 17, 2017

B/W Illustrations

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Have you heard the terms structuralism and deconstruction and postmodernism but aren’t really sure they mean? Have you taken a whole course on literary criticism but still feeling lost? Here’s the book you need to sort it all out—and enjoy doing so!

In Literary Theory For Beginners, Professor Mary Klages takes you into her classroom, cuts through the jargon, explains the ABCs (and the DEFs as well) in terms you can get your head around. Her wit, her unique skills as a teacher, and the delightful illustrations of Frank Reynoso help us understand why literature matters, how it affects us, and how it reflects history, culture, and diversity. Here are ways of thinking about literature, not just reading it—methods of study and frameworks of interpretation from classical humanism all the way up to psychoanalysis, gender and queer theory, race, postcolonialism, and, yes, postmodernism. So sit back, relax, and learn!


Mary Klages is Associate Professor in the English Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2006) and Key Terms in Literary Theory (Continuum, 2012), as well as scholarly works in the fields of American literary history and Disability Studies.


Frank Reynoso is an author and commercial artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in numerous comics including The Sweetness (Z2 Comics), Occupy Comics (Black Mask Studios) and World War 3 Illustrated. He has illustrated Civil Rights For Beginners (2016). He enjoys comedy, science fiction, and dark fantasy with wine and good friends.

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