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Overview

Now in its fifth edition, A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature has become both a standard introduction to the close reading of literature and an invaluable resource for English graduate students. It offers students and other readers a variety of ways to interpret a piece of literature, ranging from historical/biographical and moral/philosophical approaches through the formalist, the psychological, the mythic and archetypal, and into such contemporary perspectives as feminist criticism and cultural studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195099553
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Louisiana State University, Shreveport

both at Centenary College

University of Texas, San Antonio

University of Kansas

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Table of Contents

1 Getting started : the precritical response 1
2 First things first : textual scholarship, genres, and source study 15
3 Historical and biographical approaches 51
4 Moral and philosophical approaches 77
5 The formalist approach 90
6 The psychological approach : Freud 152
7 Mythological and archetypal approaches 182
8 Feminisms and gender studies 222
9 Cultural studies 275
10 The play of meaning(s) : reader-response criticism, dialogics, and structuralism and poststructuralism, including deconstruction 350
App. A Andrew Marvell, "To his coy mistress" 385
App. B Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown" 387
App. C Alice Walker, "Everyday use : for your grandma" 401
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    Broadly informed, unusually balanced

    This pleasantly surprising text, now in an improved 4th ed, on literary criticism is marked by clear, uninhibiting writing, precise excogitation, well-informed presentation of sources and summarization of thought, and an unusually balanced approach that represents a commitment to objectivity--something quite rare in most other texts on literary theory.

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