Literary Criticism : An Introduction to Theory and Practice / Edition 2

Literary Criticism : An Introduction to Theory and Practice / Edition 2

by Charles E. Bressler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0138974225

ISBN-13: 9780138974220

Pub. Date: 08/27/1998

Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference

Ideal for readers new to the subject, this book presents the eleven basic schools of twentieth-century literary theory and criticism in their historical and philosophical contexts. Unlike other introductions, it explicitly presents the philosophical assumptions of each school of criticism, provides a clear methodology for writing essays according to each school's

Overview

Ideal for readers new to the subject, this book presents the eleven basic schools of twentieth-century literary theory and criticism in their historical and philosophical contexts. Unlike other introductions, it explicitly presents the philosophical assumptions of each school of criticism, provides a clear methodology for writing essays according to each school's beliefs and tenets, and features accessible sample essays. Each school is examined in a consistent format. Features an exceptionally detailed glossary, and nine primary literary texts for reader analysis. Defining Criticism, Theory, and Literature. A Historical Survey of Literary Criticism. New Criticism. Reader-Response Criticism. Structuralism. Deconstruction. Psychoanalytic Criticism. Feminism. Marxism. Cultural Poetics (or New Historicism). Cultural Studies. For those interested in literature and the various perspectives on its interpretation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780138974220
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
08/27/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii(3)
To the Reader x
1 Defining Criticism, Theory, and Literature
1(15)
Eavesdropping on a Literature Classroom
1(2)
Can a Text Have More than One Interpretation?
3(1)
How to Become a Literary Critic
3(1)
What Is Literary Criticism?
4(1)
What Is Literary Theory?
5(1)
Making Meaning from Text
6(1)
The Reading Process and Literary Theory
7(2)
What Is Literature?
9(2)
Literary Theory and the Definition of Literature
11(1)
The Function of Literature and Literary Theory
12(2)
Beginning the Formal Study of Literary Theory
14(1)
Further Reading
14(2)
2 A Historical Survey of Literary Criticism
16(20)
Plato (ca. 427-347 B.C.)
16(2)
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
18(3)
Horace (65-8 B.C.)
21(1)
Longinus (First Century A.D.)
22(1)
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
22(1)
Sir Philip Sidney (1554-86)
23(1)
John Dryden (1631-1700)
24(1)
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
25(1)
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
26(2)
Hippolyte Adolphe Taine (1828-93)
28(2)
Matthew Arnold (1822-88)
30(1)
Henry James (1843-1916)
31(2)
Modern Literary Criticism
33(1)
Further Reading
34(2)
3 New Criticism
36(26)
Introduction
36(2)
Historical Development
38(3)
Assumptions
41(3)
Methodology
44(2)
Questions for Analysis
46(1)
Sample Essays
47(1)
Further Reading
48(1)
Websites for Exploration
48(1)
STUDENT ESSAY: Dale Schuurman, "Keats's 'To Autumn': Verses of Praise for a Malicious Season?"
48(4)
PROFESSIONAL ESSAY: Keats's Sylvan Historian: History Without Footnotes
52(10)
4 Reader-Response Criticism
62(25)
Introduction
62(2)
Historical Development
64(3)
Assumptions
67(2)
Methodology
69(6)
Questions for Analysis
75(1)
Sample Essays
76(1)
Further Reading
76(1)
Websites for Exploration
77(1)
STUDENT ESSAY: Jen Richardson, "The Masks that Separate: A Paradox of Knowing in Glaspell's Trifles"
77(3)
PROFESSIONAL ESSAY: Norman Holland, Hamlet-My Greatest Creation
80(7)
5 Structuralism
87(27)
Introduction
87(1)
Historical Development
88(6)
Assumptions
94(1)
Methodologies
95(5)
Questions for Analysis
100(1)
Sample Essays
100(1)
Further Reading
101(1)
STUDENT ESSAY: Julie Claypool, "A Structuralist Look at Glaspell's Trifles"
101(3)
PROFESSIONAL ESSAY: Robert Scholes, "Decoding Papa: 'A Very Short Story' As Work and Text"
104(10)
6 Deconstruction
114(33)
Structuralism and Poststructuralism: Two Views of the World
114(1)
Modernism
115(2)
Poststructuralism or Postmodernism
117(3)
Historical Development
120(3)
Assumptions
123(3)
Methodology
126(6)
American Deconstructors
132(1)
Questions for Analysis
132(1)
Sample Essays
133(1)
Further Reading
133(1)
Websites for Exploration
134(1)
STUDENT ESSAY: Jennifer Richardson, "Banquet of Contradiction"
135(3)
PROFESSIONAL ESSAY: J. Hillis Miller, "On Edge: The Crossways of Contemporary Criticism"
138(9)
7 Psychoanalytic Criticism
147(31)
Introduction
147(2)
Historical Development
149(13)
Questions for Analysis
162(1)
Sample Essays
163(1)
Further Reading
163(1)
Websites for Exploration
164(1)
STUDENT ESSAY: David Johnson, "A Psychoanalytic Approach to Poe's 'The City in the Sea'"
164(4)
PROFESSIONAL ESSAY: E. Pearlman, "David Copperfield Dreams of Drowning"
168(10)
8 Feminism
178(32)
Introduction
178(2)
Historical Development
180(8)
Assumptions
188(2)
Methodology
190(1)
Questions for Analysis
191(1)
Sample Essays
191(1)
Further Reading
192(1)
Websites for Exploration
192(1)
STUDENT ESSAY: Kara Roggie, "A Feminist Critique of Margaret Atwood's 'Spelling'"
193(2)
PROFESSIONAL ESSAY: Elizabeth Meese, "Orality and Textuality in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God"
195(15)
9 Marxism
210(26)
Introduction
210(1)
Historical Development
211(7)
Assumptions
218(2)
Methodology
220(1)
Questions for Analysis
221(1)
Sample Essays
222(1)
Further Readings
222(1)
Websites for Exploration
223(1)
STUDENT ESSAY: Juanita Wolfe, "Baking Bread for the Bourgeoisie"
223(3)
PROFESSIONAL ESSAY: Lionel Trilling, "Huckleberry Finn"
226(10)
10 Cultural Poetics or New Historicism
236(27)
Introduction
236(1)
A New Critical Lecture
236(1)
Old Historicism
237(1)
The New Historicism
238(1)
Historical Development
238(3)
Assumptions
241(4)
Methodology
245(2)
Questions for Analysis
247(1)
Sample Essays
247(1)
Further Reading
248(1)
Websites for Exploration
248(1)
STUDENT ESSAY: Krista Adlhock, "Hawthorne's Understanding of History in 'The Maypole of Merry Mount'"
249(3)
PROFESSIONAL ESSAY: Arthur F. Kinney, "Is Literary History Still Possible?"
252(11)
11 Cultural Studies
263(15)
Introduction
263(2)
Postcolonialism: The Empire Writes Back
265(3)
Postcolonialism and African-American Criticism
268(2)
Gender Studies: New Directions in Feminism
270(1)
Sample Essay
271(1)
Further Reading
271(1)
Websites for Exploration
272(1)
PROFESSIONAL ESSAY: Peter Hulme, "Columbus and the Cannibals"
272(6)
An Overview of the Schools of Literary Criticism 278(1)
References 279(20)
Bibliography 299(2)
Credits 301(2)
Index 303

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