Texts and Contexts Writing about Literature with Critical Theory

ISBN-10: 0205716741
ISBN-13: 9780205716746
Edition: 6th 2011
Authors: Steven J. Lynn
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List price: $90.40
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 6/21/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.342

This book is deeply rooted in the views, responses, and history of contemporary critical theories. This popular book presents a user-friendly introduction to contemporary critical theories-from new criticism to cultural studies-as part of the practice of analyzing and writing about literature. The new edition has more coverage of film and other genres reflecting the growing interest in film as an academic field. There is more on current approaches to literature, including the relationship between rhetoric and reader-response criticism, Marxism, postcolonialism, queer theory, feminist theory, and African-American studies. For anyone interested in applying critical theory to writing about literature.

SCOTT O. LILIENFELDreceived his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He completed his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1986 to 1987. He was Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Albany from 1990 to 1994 and now is Professor of Psychology at Emory University. He is a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and was the recipient of the 1998 David Shakow Award from Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association for Early Career Contributions to Clinical Psychology. Dr. Lilienfeld is a past president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology within Division 12. He is the founder and editor of theScientific Review of Mental Health Practice,Associate Editor ofApplied and Preventive Psychology,and a regular columnist forScientific American Mindmagazine. He has authored or coauthored seven books and over 200 journal articles and chapters. Dr. Lilienfeld has also been a participant in Emory Universityrsquo;s ldquo;Great Teachersrdquo; lecturer series, as well as the Distinguished Speaker for the Psi Chi Honor Society at the American Psychological Association and numerous other national conventions. nbsp; STEVEN JAY LYNNreceived his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University. He completed an NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Lafayette Clinic, Detroit, Michigan, in 1976 and is now Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University (SUNY), where he is the director of the Psychological Clinic. Dr. Lynn is a fellow of numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, and he was the recipient of the Chancellorrsquo;s Award of the State University of New York for Scholarship and Creative Activities. Dr. Lynn has authored or edited 19 books and more than 260 other publications, and wasnbsp; recently named on a list of ldquo;Top Producers of Scholarly Publications in Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Programsrdquo; (2000-2004/Stewart, Wu, & Roberts, 2007,Journal of Clinical Psychology). Dr. Lynn has served as the editor of a book series for the American Psychological Association, and he has served on 11 editorial boards, including theJournal of Abnormal Psychology. Dr. Lynnrsquo;s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Mental Health. nbsp; LAURA L. NAMYreceived her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Indiana University in 1993 and her doctorate in Cognitive Psychology at Northwestern University in 1998. She is now Associate Professor of Psychology and Core Faculty in Linguistics at Emory University. Dr. Namy is the editor of theJournal of Cognition and Development. At Emory, she is Director of the Emory Child Study Center and Associate Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture. Her research focuses on the origins and development of verbal and nonverbal symbol use in young children, sound symbolism in natural language, and the role of comparison in conceptual development. nbsp; NANCY J. WOOLFreceived her B.S. in Psychobiology at UCLA in 1978 and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UCLA School of Medicine in 1983. She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Her specialization is behavioral neuroscience, and her research spans the organization of acetylcholine systems, neural plasticity, memory, neural degeneration, Alzheimerrsquo;s disease, and consciousness. In 1990 she won the Colby Prize from the Sigma Kappa Foundation, awarded for her achievements in scientific research in Alzheimer disease. In 2002 she received the Academic Advancement Program Faculty Recognition Award. She also received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Psychology Department at UCLA in 2008. Dr. Woolf is currently on t

Preface
An Introduction, Theoretically
Textual Tours
Checking Some Baggage
"Is there one correct interpretation of a literary work?"
"So, are all opinions about literature equally valid?"
Anything to Declare?
Theory enables practice
You already have a theoretical stance
This is an introduction
Here's the plan
Recommended Further Reading
Critical Worlds: A Selective Tour
Brendan Gill, from Here at "The New Yorker"
New Criticism
Reader-Response Criticism
Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism
Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies
Psychological Criticism
Political Criticism
Other Approaches
Works Cited
Recommended Further Reading
Unifying the Work: New Criticism
The Purpose of New Criticism
Basic Principles Reflected
Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica
Radicals in Tweed Jackets
How to Do New Criticism
Film and Other Genres
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
Gwendolyn Brooks, The Mother
Preparing to Write
Shaping
Drafting
Practicing New Criticism
Lucille Clifton, forgiving my father
Questions
Stephen Shu-ning Liu, My Father's Martial Art
Questions
Ben Jonson, On My First Son
Questions
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
Questions
Useful Terms for New Criticism
Checklist for New Criticism
Works Cited
Recommended Further Reading
Creating the Text: Reader-Response Criticism
The Purpose of Reader-Response Criticism
New Criticism as the Old Criticism
The Reader Emerges
Hypertextual Readers
How to Do Reader-Response Criticism
Preparing to Respond
Sandra Cisneros, Love Poem #1
Making Sense
Subjective Response
Receptive Response
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
Preparing to Respond
Ernest Hemingway, A Very Short Story
Preparing to Write
Shaping
Drafting
Practicing Reader-Response Criticism
Michael Drayton, Since There's No Help
Questions
Judith Minty, Killing the Bear
Questions
Caroline Fraser, All Bears
Questions
Emily Dickinson, Through the Dark Sod
Questions
Useful Terms for Reader-Response Criticism
Checklist: Using Reader-Response Criticism
Works Cited
Recommended Further Reading
Opening Up the Text: Structuralism and Deconstruction
The Purposes of Structuralism and Deconstruction
Structuralism and Semiotics
Post-structuralism and Deconstruction
How to Do Structuralism and Deconstruction
William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
Amy Clampitt, Discovery
Preparing to Write
Shaping
Drafting
Practicing Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism
Questions
William Blake, London
Cut through the anxiety, the unknown, the hassle �
Questions
Linda Pastan, Ethics
Questions
John Donne, Death Be Not Proud
Questions
Useful Terms for Deconstruction
Checklist for Deconstruction
Works Cited
Recommended Further Reading
Connecting the Text: Varieties of Historical Criticism
The Purposes of Biographical, Historical, Postcolonial, Ethnic, Marxist, and Cultural Studies
Biographical and Historical Criticism
John Milton, When I Consider How My Light Is Spent
Cultural Studies
New Historicism
History as Text
Marxist Criticism
Postcolonial and Ethnic Studies
How to Do Historical Criticism
The Writing Process: Sample Essays
John Cheever, Reunion
A Biographical Essay
Preparing to Write
Shaping
Drafting
A New Historical Essay
Preparing to Write
Shaping
Drafting
Practicing Historical Criticism
Useful Terms for Historical, Cultural, and Postcolonial Criticism
Checklist for Historical Criticism
Works Cited
Recommended Further Reading
Minding the Work: Psychological Criticism
The Purpose of Psychological Criticism
How to Do Psychological Criticism
William Wordsworth, A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
William Shakespeare, Hamlet 4.4.32-66
Preparing to Write
Shaping
Drafting
Practicing Psychological Criticism
Emily Dickinson, A Narrow Fellow in the Grass
Questions
Marianne Moore, O to Be a Dragon
Questions
Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach
Question
Your Dream Here
Useful Terms for Psychological Criticism
Checklist for Psychological Criticism
Works Cited
Recommended Further Reading
Gendering the Text: Feminist Criticism, Postfeminism, and Queer Theory
How to Do Feminist Criticism, Postfeminism, and Queer Theory
Mary Astell, from A Serious Proposal
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
Samuel Johnson, To Miss _____ On Her Playing upon the Harpsichord �
Preparing to Respond
Shaping
Drafting
Revision: Gay and Lesbian Criticism
Practicing Feminist, Postfeminist, and Queer Theory Criticism
William Shakespeare, Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
Questions
Emily Dickinson, My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun
Questions
Tobias Wolff, Say Yes
Questions
Gender in the Movies
Useful Terms for Political Criticism
Checklist for Political Criticism
Works Cited
Recommended Further Reading
Appendix 1
The Canonization
Appendix 2
A Note on How Theories Relate
Credits
Index

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