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Criticism is an exercise of judgment and literary criticism is an exercise of judgment on a work of literature. Literary criticism interprets and evaluates a work of literature in a given context. As it is said, literary criticism is not every body's cup of tea, it is rather difficult task. This book presents the glimpses of critical theories down from Longinus to Derrida. It also provides an account of modern trends in literary criticism. It presents the theoretical concepts of literary criticism and creative process in brief. The book covers major trends and their approaches in brief to convince the reader about the elementary aspects of existed critical theories and creativity. Here, an attempt has been made to simplify the critical theories, keeping in mind the conceptual ability of the students' community at graduate level. No doubt the book will meet out the basic needs and urge of the students who aspire to understand literature and literary criticism.
This is the result of my several years of teaching experience, particularly, the literary criticism, critical theories and creative literature. Many students of literature feel difficult to understand these critical theories at graduate level. The complexities of the students in understanding instigated me to simplify these concepts to their level of understanding.
In writing this short discourse I have had the guidance of many senior teachers who are well acquainted with critical theories. Besides, I have leaned more or less heavily on 'Contemporary Literary Theory; A Students Companion' by N.Krishnaswamy, 'Modern Theories of Poetic Criticism' by R.S.Tiwary, Berely, Long's 'Marxism and Art; Writings in Aesthetics and Criticism', Literary Criticism: An Introduction' by Prof.G.B.Sajjan, I acknowledge all these writers and publishers for their explicit reference in the body of the book.
I am indebted to Shri. R.V Prabhu for his DTP Work. I am grateful to my entire dear and near friends, my parents and family members, my wife Akkamahadevi and my daughter Trupti for their constant support and encouragement. -Dr.Prakash B. Teggihalli
Dr. Prakash B. Teggihalli is presently working as Associate Professor, the Department of English, C.S.B Arts, S.M.R.P Science and G.L.R Commerce College Ramdurg, affiliated to Rani Channamma University Belagavi, St. Karnataka. He has passed SLET in 1996 and appointed at Degree College as Lecturer in English. He has twenty five years of teaching experience at Degree College. He has got M.Phil degree from Alagappa University Karaikudi. He has successfully completed PhD from Karnataka University Dharwad in 2021 on "The Global Conflicts of Race, Nationality and Gender in the novels of Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai and Aravinda Adiga: A Comparative Study". He has regular habit
of attending national and international conferences and seminars and presented more than twenty Research articles. He has published more than fifteen Research Articles on contemporary national and international Peer Reviewed journals. He has contributed five articles for edited books. He has successfully completed two UGC Sponsored Minor Research Projects On "Problems of Teaching English at Rural Degree colleges" and "Holistic Approach of teaching English in Degree Colleges". He has written a book on Literary Criticism. He teaches language and literature, critical theories and phonetics to under graduate students. He has been training to the rural students in spoken English and presentation skills regularly and has been organizing seminars, conferences and workshops on language and literature. He has attended many seminars as resource person and chairperson. His area of interest is Indian writing in English, Indian Diaspora, colonial and post colonial literature of both British and Indian English in India.