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This is the clearest and most readable introduction to contemporary literary theory that I have ever come across. Belsey succeeds in charting a path through the jungle/minefield/labyrinth (choose your metaphor) of critical theory that is both interesting and easy to follow. Obviously, this book will not be everyone's cup of tea. If you are a particle physicist from Woking then you probably shouldn't read it. If, however, you are a degree student who is trying to come to terms with postmodern/poststructuralist literature and LitCrit then this is the tome for you.