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Literature An Introduction to Critical Reading

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ISBN-10: 013282633X

ISBN-13: 9780132826334

Edition: 1996

Authors: Lee A. Jacobus

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List price: $64.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/28/1995
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1934
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 3.696
Language: English

What is literature?
What does literature do?
Why is literature important?
Interpreting Literature
The importance of interpretation
Close reading
Interpreting Robert Frost''s Fire and Ice
The process of interpretation
Interpretation and the author''s intention
Interpretation and the search for meaning
Interpretive strategies
Text-based interpretations
The Formalist approach
New criticism
Psychoanalytic criticism
Reader-based interpretation
Reader response criticism
Context-based interpretations
Feminist criticism
Political-Economic criticism
Cultural criticism
Historicism and new Historicism
Combining interpretive strategies
Using Intepretive Strategies
Interpreting Nikki Giovanni''s Master Charge Blues
A Formalist interpretation: New criticism
A psychoanalytic interpretation
A reader response interpretation
A feminist interpretation
A Political-Economic interpretation
A cultural interpretation
A historical interpretation
Writing About Literature
The purposes of writing about literature
Developing insights: Beginning with close reading
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias
Questions for close reading
Taking notes, summarizing
Response journals
The process of writing interpretive essays: Prewriting
Freewriting, brainstorming, listing
Narrowing your topic
Interpretive strategies
Developing your thesis
Principles of evidence in literary studies
Backing up your thesis with details from the text
Patterns, implications, silent gestures, codes, and subtleties
Quoting from literary texts
Punctuating quotations
Punctuating a lengthy quotation
Using sources
What sources are available?
How to use sources
Quoting from sources
Compiling a works cited list
MLA style
Citing works in your text
The form of an interpretive essay
Manuscript details
Prewriting, planning, outlining
The length and structure of a critical essay
A sample essay interpreting Percy Bysshe Shelley''s Ozymandias using sources and combining Formalist and Historicist interpretive strategies
A sample essay interpreting Percy Bysshe Shelley''s Ozymandias using Reader Response strategies and no sources
Short Fiction
Enjoying Short Fiction
What is short fiction? Fiction and identity
A story from The Decameron
Interpreting The Pot of Basil
Close reading: Beginning with questions
A close reading of Suzanne Jacob''s Two Cents
Meaning: Implied and explicit
Aesop: The Rooster and the Precious Gem
Elements of Short Fiction
Why the elements are important
The elements of fiction: Which elements are important?
The elements working together
Setting and Mood
The Masque of the Red Death
Character and Psychology
Falling Rocks, Narrowing Road, Cul-de-Sac, Stop
Style and Theme
The Swimmer
Plot and Structure
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Point of View
Irony and Tone
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Seeing the Elements Work Together
Interpreting Short Fiction
Beginning with close reading
A Rose for Emily
Close reading A Rose for Emily
Responses for an interpretation
Freewriting on A Rose for Emily
A sample interpretation of A Rose for Emily
Further strategies for interpreting A Rose for Emily
An Album of Short Fiction
Isabel Allende
Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother
The Lesson
The Cinderella Waltz
The Dream of the Wolf
Night School
Window: Fiction and the Canon
Concerning Love
The Story of an Hour
Woman Hollering Creek
The Open Boat
Games at Twilight
A Poetics for Bullies
Window: Fiction and Politics
Window: Psychology: Freud and Fiction
The Yellow Wallpaper
Rappaccini''s Daughter
Hills Like White Elephants
The Horse-Dealer''s Daughter
Window: Feminist Fiction
Sur: A Summary Report of the Yelcho Expedition to the Antarctic, 1909-10
To Room 19
The Garden Party
Window: Fiction and Culture
Eyes of a Blue Dog
The Moons of Jupiter
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Window: History and Fiction
Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
The Ballroom of Romance
Everyday Use: For Your Grandmamma
Eudora Welty in Depth
A Worn Path
Lily Daw and the Three Ladies
Research materials: Critical studies; reviews; letters; interviews
Enjoying Poetry
How poems please us
Our delight in words and sounds
Discussion of a Poem
The Jabberwocky
The Bells
How Pleasant to Know
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Elements of Poetry
McCavity the Mystery Cat, from Old Possum''s Book of Practical Cats
When Sir Beelzebub
Poem, or Beauty
Empty Bed Blues
Imagery: Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro; Carol Rumens
An Easter Garland
The Food-Pickers of Saigon
Gauguin: The Yellow Christ
A Glass of Beer
Eskimo Occasions
This Is Stupid Stuff
On My First Son
Rhythm and Rhymes
With Rue My Heart Is Laden
Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town
Miss Arbuckle
Among the Dustbins
Because You Asked About the Line Between Prose and Poetry
Metaphor and Figurative Language
Sonnet 73
she being brand new
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
As a Great Prince
London, 1802
At Irony''s Picnic
The Tyger
l(a; Patrick Kavanagh
The Man Behind the Plow