A work of technical skill as well as literary merit, Structuralist Poetics was awarded the 1975 James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association. It was during the writing of this book that Culler developed his now famous and complex theory of poetics and narrative, which he makes clear within these pages. The book itself combines a survey of structuralist literary criticism with a discussion about how English and American criticism might benefit from its lessons. Now reissued as a Routledge Classic with a new introduction from the author, Structuralist Poetics remains an arresting and vital tome and useful guide for anyone interested in the importance of literature and the debates surrounding it.
'The brilliance, precision and clarity with which Dr Culler conducts his argument make this a book which all those concerned with the analysis of literature should read.' - A.S. Byatt