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Title:Literary Theory: An Introduction
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Publisher:Blackwell
ISBN:0631201882
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Number of Pages:248
Category:Non fiction, Literary criticism, Theory, Philosophy, Criticism, Literature

Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Literary Theory: An Introduction Written in this work appeared as Professor Eagleton explains at the watershed of two very different decades It could not anticipate what was to come after neither could it grasp what had happened in literary theory in the light of where it was to lead

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