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The book is divided into nine sections, each with a prefatory essay explaining the critical stance taken in the selections that follow and describing how theory becomes literary criticism. In a headnote to each selection, Staton analyzes how the critic applies his or her critical methodology to the subject literary work. Shirley F. Staton's introduction sketches the overall philosophical positions and relationships among the various critical modes.
"The proverbially 'welcome addition to the field.' It has a surprising breadth and balance in these days of reluctant canonization and yet fierce ideological attitudes."--College Literature
Analyzes the ways in which critical theories are transformed into literary criticism and methodology.
Introduction: Pre-Text, Con-Text, and Sub-Text
Chapter 1 New Criticism
Chapter 2 Phenomenological Criticism
Chapter 3 Archetypal and Genre Criticism
Chapter 4 Structuralist-Semiotic Criticism
Chapter 5 Sociological Criticism: Historical, Marxist, Feminist
Chapter 6 Psychoanalytic Criticism
Chapter 7 Reader-Response Criticism
Chapter 8 Deconstructionist Criticism
Chapter 9 Humanist Criticism