Peter Barry is the author of "Beginning Theory" and English Professor at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK where he teaches several theory courses. Barry receives no coursework in literary theory in his undergraduate work at London University in the 1960s. His first exposure to literary theory is in 1981. This book is first published in 1995 as an apparent way to cure a deficiency he recalls from his undergraduate studies. Barry's first exposure to literature begins with an introductory course named "Beowulf to Virginia Woolf." This book is written to close that gap for new students of literature.
As a result, the author's approach to this introductory book is based on student learning needs rather than novelists' writing styles. Specifically, it is assumed his undergraduate study of the "wolves" left him uninspired but aware there is more to a study of literature than reading "novelist's writing." This text is written to satisfy the needs other students may have to explore and find interest in literature. One way Barry accomplishes this goal is by including practical application activities with regular "STOP and THINK" sections for readers to make "some personal sense of theory."
Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, BookRags