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Combining the best features of competing texts, the Handbook not only defines and outlines the development of all the major critical-interpretive perspectives, with copious references to the most important and influential sources, but offers detailed practical applications of the various approaches to the same four literary works--a unique feature that gives students both a dramatic demonstration of the strengths of each approach and a memorable set of models for the interpretation of other literary works. Organized for flexibility, the Handbook can be taught as a continuous unit or adapted to fit courses organized by genre, and is equally successful as an introductory survey for beginning students and as a reference and bibliographic guide for graduates.
Offering a practical yet scholarly blend of applied criticism and pedagogy in an engaging style and an accessible format, this new edition of the Handbook is an invaluable companion for today's students of literature and literary criticism.
|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|
|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|