Literary Criticism An Introduction to Theory and Practice

ISBN-10: 0131534483
ISBN-13: 9780131534483
Edition: 4th 2007 (Revised)
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Description: Presents the eleven basic schools of twentieth-century literary theory and criticism in their historical and philosophical contexts. Unlike other introductions to literary criticism, this text explores the philosophical assumptions of each school of  More...

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Book details

List price: $73.80
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 7/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Presents the eleven basic schools of twentieth-century literary theory and criticism in their historical and philosophical contexts. Unlike other introductions to literary criticism, this text explores the philosophical assumptions of each school of criticism, provides a clear methodology for writing essays according to each school's beliefs and tenets, and features accessible student-generated sample essays.

Foreword
To the Reader
Defining Criticism, Theory, and Literature
Listening to a Conversation
Eavesdropping on a Literature Classroom
Can a Text Have More Than One Interpretation?
How to Become a Literary Critic
What Is Literary Criticism?
What Is literary Theory?
Making Meaning from Text
The Reading Process and Literary Theory
What Is Literature?
Literary Theory and the Definition of Literature
The Function of Literature and Literary Theory
Beginning the Formal Study of Literary Theory
Further Reading
Web Sites for Exploration
A Historical Survey of Literary Criticism
Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.E.)
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.)
Horace (65-8 B.C.E.)
Longinus (First Century C.E.)
Plotinus (204-270 C.E.)
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375)
Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
John Dryden (1631-1700)
Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Hippolyte Adolphe Taine (1828-1893)
Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
Henry James (1843-1916)
Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)
Modern Literary Criticism
Further Reading
Web Sites for Exploration
Russian Formalism and New Criticism
Russian Formalism
Bridging the Gap Between Russian Formalism and New Criticism
Applying Russian Formalism to a Literary Text
New Criticism
Historical Development
Assumptions
Methodology
Questions for Analysis
Critiques and Responses
Further Reading
Web Sites for Exploration
Sample Essay
Student Essay: Hilary S. Brautigam, Controlled Passion
Reader-Oriented Criticism
Historical Development
Assumptions
Methodology
Questions for Analysis
Critiques and Responses
Further Reading
Web Sites for Exploration
Sample Essay
Student Essay: Ian J. Galloway, The Child Grandmother
Modernity and Postmodernism: Structuralism and Deconstruction
Modernity
Poststructuralism or Postmodernism
Modernity to Modernism
Historical Development of Structuralism
Assumptions of Structuralism
Methodologies of Structuralism
Deconstruction Theory: From Structuralism to Poststructuralism
Deconstruction: Historical Development
Deconstructions' Assumptions
Methodology
Deconstructive Suppositions for Textual Analysis
Questions for Analysis
Critiques and Responses
Further Reading
Structuralism
Deconstruction
Web Sites for Exploration
Sample Essays
Student Essay I (Structuralist Approach): Matthew G. Hepler, A Disconnect of Appearance and Reality: The Binaries of "Rappaccini's Daughter"
Student Essay II (Deconstructive Approach): Danielle M. Bowers, Choosing Between Two Roads: Deconstructing Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken"
Psychoanalytic Criticism
Historical Development
The Present State of Psychoanalytic Criticism
Assumptions
Methodologies
Questions for Analysis
Critiques and Responses
Further Reading
Web Sites for Exploration
Sample Essay
Student Essay: Brandon W. Hawk, Anima and Reality in Poe's "Ligeia"
Feminism
Historical Development
Feminism in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s
Present-day Feminist Criticisms
Assumptions
Methodology
Questions for Analysis
Critiques and Responses
Further Reading
Web Sites for Exploration
Sample Essay
Student Essay: Lori Huth, Throwing Off the Yoke: "Rip Van Winkle" and Women
Marxism
Historical Development
Marxist Theorists Today
Assumptions
Methodology
Questions for Analysis
Critiques and Responses
Further Reading
Web Sites for Exploration
Sample Essay
Student Essay: Matthew S. Lasher, Heaven's Last Gleaming
Cultural Poetics or New Historicism
A New-Critical Lecture
Old Historicism
New Historicism
Historical Development
Cultural Materialism
New Historicism
Assumptions
What Cultural Poetics Rejects
What Cultural Poetics Does and Accepts
Methodology
Questions for Analysis
Critiques and Responses
Further Reading
Web Sites for Exploration
Sample Essay
Student Essay: Anna L. Kruse, Done Yesterday: A New Historicist Reading of Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est"
Cultural Studies: Postcolonialism, African-American Criticism, and Queer Theory
Postcolonialism: "The Empire Writes Back"
African-American Criticism
Queer Theory
Critiques and Responses
Further Reading
Web Sites for Exploration
Sample Essay
Student Essay: Benjamin K. Walker, The Empire Fights Back: Spectral Persecution and the Nightmare of Decolonization in Kipling's "At the End of the Passage"
Literary Selections
"On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" (1816)
"Rappaccini's Daughter" (From the Writings of Aubepine; 1844)
"Young Goodman Brown"
"The Road Not Taken"
"Ligeia"
"Dulce et Decorum Est" (1920)
"At the End of the Passage"
Glossary
Index

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