A reading and book signing with Anne Stevens, author of Literary Theory and Criticism: An Introduction and Evelyn Gajowksi, editor for the Arden Shakespeare and Theory series.
“Literary theory provides a vocabulary and tools for thinking about reading, writing, and criticism, both everyday acts of evaluation and more academic studies of literature and culture.” (Introduction, Literary Theory and Criticism: An Introduction)
“Once we come to understand the various ways in which theory resonates with…the so-called ‘real’ world…then we come to understand that theory is capable of powerfully enriching not only our reading of Shakespeare’s texts, and literary texts, but our lives.” (Series Editor's Preface, Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series)
Join UNLV English professors Anne Stevens and Evelyn Gajowski for a conversation on literary theory. Viewed by some outside of academia as obscure or forbidding, Stevens and Gajowski will argue that theory can open new possibilities for understanding texts—and enlarge the enjoyment of readers from all backgrounds.
The discussion will conclude with a brief Q&A, and a reception with snacks and refreshments.
Anne Stevens is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is recently the author of Literary Theory and Criticism: An Introduction, an accessible overview of the history and key concepts relating to literary theory and criticism from antiquity to the present.
Evelyn Gajowski is a Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is the series editor of the Arden Shakespeare and Theory series, a multi-volume project that analyzes how various critical theories open up new meanings in Shakespeare’s texts. Bloomsbury published the first three volumes in September and October of 2015.