Redrawing the Boundaries: The Transformation of English and American Literary Studies

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In this collection of essays, twenty-four leading scholars examine the major developments that have expanded the horizons of English and American literary studies during recent decades.

Redrawing the Boundaries reviews the significant scholarship for major historical periods and surveys new directions in literary criticism and in composition studies. Each essay is accompanied by an annotated list of suggestions for further reading; the book ...

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Overview

In this collection of essays, twenty-four leading scholars examine the major developments that have expanded the horizons of English and American literary studies during recent decades.

Redrawing the Boundaries reviews the significant scholarship for major historical periods and surveys new directions in literary criticism and in composition studies. Each essay is accompanied by an annotated list of suggestions for further reading; the book concludes with an extensive list of works cited and a name index.

For scholars, teachers, and students of literature, this remarkable work provides an essential overview of the traditions and innovations that make up English and American literary studies today.

In this collection of essays, 24 leading scholars examine the major developments that have expanded the horizons of English and American literary studies during recent decades. The volume reviews the significant scholarship for major historical periods (from medieval studies to postmodernism) and surveys new directions in literary criticism and composition studies. Each essay is accompanied by a list of suggestions for further reading. Name index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873523967
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 595
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Greenblatt
Stephen Greenblatt
John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, editor of The Norton Shakespeare, and prizewinning author of academic books including Hamlet in Purgatory, Stephen Greenblatt garnered a 2004 National Book Award nomination for his eye-opening look at the life and career of William Shakespeare.

Biography

Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, editor of The Norton Shakespeare, and prizewinning author of many academic books, including Hamlet in Purgatory.

Author biography courtesy of W. W. Norton & Company.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Greenblatt:

"As a child, I loved to read so much so that I can remember my mother calling to me, ‘Stevie, you'll ruin your eyes. Put down that book and come watch I Love Lucy.' "

"My father was a marvelous, virtually obsessive storyteller."

"Though I have spent much of my adult life thinking about Shakespeare, my first encounter with Shakespeare was a disaster. In junior high school, I found As You Like It quite possibly the most tedious and annoying thing I had ever read."

"I have interests and hobbies outside my work, of course, but the crucial thing to say is that I don't experience a great divide between my work and my pleasure. On the contrary."

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    1. Hometown:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 7, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cambridge, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1964; B.A., Cambridge University, 1966; Ph.D., Yale University, 1969

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Medieval Studies 12
Renaissance/Early Modern Studies 41
Seventeenth-Century Studies 64
Eighteenth-Century Studies 79
Romantic Studies 100
Victorian Studies 130
Modernist Studies 154
Postmodernist Studies 179
American Literary Studies to the Civil War 209
American Literary and Cultural Studies since the Civil War 232
Feminist Criticism 251
Gender Criticism 271
African American Criticism 303
Marxist Criticism 320
Psychoanalytic Criticism 349
Deconstruction 374
New Historicisms 392
Cultural Criticism 419
Postcolonial Criticism 437
Composition Studies 466
Composition and Literary Studies 482
Notes on Contributors 521
Works Cited 525
Index 581
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