Critical Practice


With a new chapter, updated guidance on further reading and revisions throughout, this second edition of Critical Practice remains the ideal guide to literary studies.
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With a new chapter, updated guidance on further reading and revisions throughout, this second edition of Critical Practice remains the ideal guide to literary studies.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book gives the uninitiated and/or sceptical reader a strong sense that new trends in literary theory represent, not an attempt to foist trendy jargo on old common places, but a compelling challenge to restructure our understanding of "literature" in relation to language, self and society." James H. Kavanagh

"A fine assessment of recent work in literary theory and a suggestive account of new directions to excellent piece of critical analysis." William E. Cain

"Teh work of Louis Althusser, Pierre Macherey, Jacques Lacan and Tel Quel group in France are suddenly rendered comprehensible for English readers by Catherine Belsey's Critical Practice. This ambitious and original synthesis exposes the ideological construction of orthodox literary studies." Alan Sinfield, Critical Quarterly

"A provocative critique of where we are, where we've been and what we're doing." Genre

"An excellent book for the novice." Voice Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415280051
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/5/2002
  • Series: New Accents Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Belsey is Professor of English at Cardiff University, where she chairs the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory. Her books include Desire: Love Stories in Western Culture and Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden.

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
1 Traditional Criticism and Common Sense 1
2 Challenges to Expressive Realism 14
3 Criticism and Meaning 35
4 Addressing the Subject 51
5 The Interrogative Text 78
6 The Work of Reading 95
7 Construction and the Difference it Makes 114
8 Towards a Productive Critical Practice 126
Further Reading 145
Notes 150
References 154
Index 159
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