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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $79.00
  • June 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-60295-1
  • 2848 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism

Third Edition


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Vincent B. Leitch (General Editor, University of Oklahoma), William E. Cain (Editor, Wellesley College), Laurie A. Finke (Editor, Kenyon College), John McGowan (Editor, University of North Carolina), T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting (Editor, Vanderbilt University), Jeffrey J. Williams (Editor, Carnegie Mellon University)


More comprehensive and up-to-date than ever before

The gold standard anthology for anyone who wants to understand the development and current state of literary theory. Offering 191 pieces by 157 authors, The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Third Edition, is more comprehensive and more varied in its selection than any other anthology. Forty-eight NEW selections—concentrated mostly on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—make the book not only the best overview of the history of theory, but also a remarkably up-to-date portrait of the state of theory today.


The most comprehensive introduction to critical theory

The Third Edition offers 191 pieces by 157 authors—from classical antiquity to today. A 30-page “Introduction to Theory and Criticism” provides a brisk and informative overview of major schools, movements, and thinkers. No other anthology comes close to offering the range and depth of selections found in the Norton edition, and no other resource provides as authoritative an introduction to the history and present state of theory.

The most up-to-date anthology of twentieth- and twenty-first century theory

Selections from 1900 to the present (130 in total) were chosen to best reflect current thinking about the most influential theoretical texts and thinkers of that period. Most of the anthology’s 48 NEW pieces by 28 NEW authors come from this crucial period. Pieces such as Alondra Nelson’s “AfroFuturism: Past-Future Visions” and Ian Bogost’s “The Rhetoric of Video Games” represent recent currents in contemporary theory, and NEW selections by Derrida, Foucault, Fanon, Morrison, and others emphasize themes and topics that are important in today’s classroom.

Norton anthology quality

Carefully edited selections provide the most fundamental and most readable segments of longer works. Extensive headnotes and annotations bring complicated texts into clear focus. Norton also features NEW keywords at the end of each headnote that situate authors and their works within particular thematic, topical, or methodological categories.

The best value

Norton has more authors, more works, and more contemporary works than other collections, and it offers all the pedagogical features that make Norton a Norton. Even with all of these advantages, the Third Edition is priced to be the best value for the theory and criticism course—better than other anthologies and paperback reading lists.

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