Literary Theory: An Introduction by Terry Eagleton was first on my list of books I wish all undergraduate English majors would read before they graduate (that is Professor Eagleton in the photo at right). Several books are still jockeying for the second and third spots.
UPDATE: On February 12th, I spoke with Dr. McMahon’s Critical Approaches to Prose class about “The Rise of English,” an excerpt from Literary Theory: An Introduction. In advance of that discussion, Dr. McMahon sent me a list of questions she might ask me and in preparation for the class, I wrote out my answers. I’ve posted some of both in the “Comments” section of this post.