The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series) / Edition 1

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This edition of Coleridge’s classic Romantic poem reprints the 1798 and 1817 texts along with critical essays, newly commissioned or revised for students, that read “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” from 5 contemporary critical perspectives: reader response, Marxist, psychoanalytic, deconstructionist, and new historical. An additional essay demonstrates how these various approaches can be combined. The text and essays are complemented by introductions (biographical and critical, with bibliographies) and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.

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Intended as a college-level introduction to the poem, this volume presents the 1798 and 1817 versions side by side, followed by five different critical approaches of the poem (reader-response, Marxist, New Historical, psychoanalytic, and deconstructivist) with discussion of each theoretical treatment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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A world of fantasy that nevertheless reflects the human condition emerges from Samuel Coleridge's famous tale of a doomed sea voyage. This beautiful facsimile of the 1876 edition includes Gustave Dor‚'s original surrealistic black-&-white illustrations, which perfectly match Coleridge's eerie, haunting imagery. 10 1/2" x 14 3/4".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312112233
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/15/2000
  • Series: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 1,514,709
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents


Biographical and Historical Contexts
The 1798 and 1817 Texts


A Critical History of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
A Critical History: A Selected Bibliography

Reader-Response Criticism and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
What Is Reader-Response Criticism?
Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Reader-Response Perspective:
Frances Ferguson, Coleridge and Deluded Reader: "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

Marxist Criticism and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
What Is Marxist Criticism?
Marxist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Marxist Perspective:
David Simpson, How Marxism Reads "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

New Historicism and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective
Raimonda Modiano, Sameness or Difference? Historicist Readings of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

Psychoanalytic Criticism and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Anne Williams, An I for an Eye: "Spectral Persecution" in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

Deconstruction and "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructive Perspective:
Susan Eilenberg, Voice and Ventriloquy in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

Combining Critical Perspectives on the "Rime"
Paul H. Fry, Wordsworth in the "Rime"

Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms

About the Contributors

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