Texts and Contexts: Writing About Literature with Critical Theory / Edition 6

Texts and Contexts: Writing About Literature with Critical Theory / Edition 6

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by Steven J Lynn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205716741

ISBN-13: 9780205716746

Pub. Date: 07/12/2010

Publisher: Longman

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205716746
Publisher:
Longman
Publication date:
07/12/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

1 An Introduction, Theoretically 3

Textual Tours 3

Checking Some Baggage 5

"Is there one correct interpretation of a literary work?" 6

"So, are all opinions about literature equally valid?" 6

Anything to Declare? 9

Theory enables practice 9

You already have a theoretical stance 10

This is an introduction 11

Here's the plan 11

Recommended Further Reading 12

2 Critical Worlds: A Selective Tour 15

Brendan Gill, from Here at "The New Yorker" 16

New Criticism 17

Reader-Response Criticism 19

Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism 22

Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies 24

Psychological Criticism 29

Political Criticism 31

Other Approaches 34

Works Cited 35

Recommended Further Reading 35

3 Unifying the Work: New Criticism 37

The Purpose of New Criticism 37

Basic Principles Reflected 38

Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica 38

Radicals in Tweed Jackets 42

How to Do New Criticism 45

Film and Other Genres 47

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay 49

Gwendolyn Brooks, The Mother 49

Preparing to Write 50

Shaping 52

Drafting 53

Practicing New Criticism 55

Lucille Clifton, forgiving my father 55

Questions 56

Stephen Shu-ning Liu, My Father's Martial Art 56

Questions 57

Ben Jonson, On My First Son 57

Questions 58

The Parable of the Prodigal Son 58

Questions 60

Useful Terms for New Criticism 60

Checklist for New Criticism 61

Works Cited 62

Recommended Further Reading 62

4 Creating the Text: Reader-Response Criticism 65

The Purpose of Reader-Response Criticism 65

New Criticism as the Old Criticism 65

The Reader Emerges 66

Hypertextual Readers 70

How to Do Reader-Response Criticism 71

Preparing to Respond 71

Sandra Cisneros, Love Poem #1 71

Making Sense 72

Subjective Response 73

Receptive Response 75

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay 80

Preparing to Respond 80

Ernest Hemingway, A Very Short Story 81

Preparing to Write 85

Shaping 88

Drafting 88

Practicing Reader-Response Criticism 91

Michael Drayton, Since There's No Help 91

Questions 92

Judith Minty, Killing the Bear 92

Questions 96

Caroline Fraser, All Bears 97

Questions 98

Emily Dickinson, Through the Dark Sod 98

Questions 98

Useful Terms for Reader-Response Criticism 99

Checklist: Using Reader-Response Criticism 99

Works Cited 100

Recommended Further Reading 100

5 Opening Up the Text: Structuralism and Deconstruction 103

The Purposes of Structuralism and Deconstruction 103

Structuralism and Semiotics 104

Post-structuralism and Deconstruction 105

How to Do Structuralism and Deconstruction 111

William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium 111

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay 117

Amy Clampitt, Discovery 117

Preparing to Write 118

Shaping 123

Drafting 125

Practicing Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism 129

Questions 129

William Blake, London 129

Cut through the anxiety, the unknown, the hassle . . . 130

Questions 131

Linda Pastan, Ethics 132

Questions 133

John Donne, Death Be Not Proud 133

Questions 134

Useful Terms for Deconstruction 134

Checklist for Deconstruction 136

Works Cited 136

Recommended Further Reading 136

6 Connecting the Text: Varieties of Historical Criticism 139

The Purposes of Biographical, Historical, Postcolonial, Ethnic, Marxist, and Cultural Studies 139

Biographical and Historical Criticism 140

John Milton, When I Consider How My Light Is Spent 140

Cultural Studies 144

New Historicism 147

History as Text 148

Marxist Criticism 150

Postcolonial and Ethnic Studies 155

How to Do Historical Criticism 158

The Writing Process: Sample Essays 160

John Cheever, Reunion 160

A Biographical Essay 163

Preparing to Write 163

Shaping 167

Drafting 170

A New Historical Essay 173

Preparing to Write 173

Shaping 174

Drafting 175

Practicing Historical Criticism 178

Useful Terms for Historical, Cultural, and Postcolonial Criticism 179

Checklist for Historical Criticism 185

Works Cited 185

Recommended Further Reading 186

7 Minding the Work: Psychological Criticism 191

The Purpose of Psychological Criticism 191

How to Do Psychological Criticism 196

William Wordsworth, A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal 197

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay 200

William Shakespeare, Hamlet 4.4.32-66 201

Preparing to Write 202

Shaping 205

Drafting 206

Practicing Psychological Criticism 211

Emily Dickinson, A Narrow Fellow in the Grass 211

Questions 212

Marianne Moore, O to Be a Dragon 212

Questions 213

Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach 213

Question 214

Your Dream Here 214

Useful Terms for Psychological Criticism 214

Checklist for Psychological Criticism 215

Works Cited 215

Recommended Further Reading 216

8 Gendering the Text: Feminist Criticism, Postfeminism, and Queer Theory 219

How to Do Feminist Criticism, Postfeminism, and Queer Theory 226

Mary Astell, from A Serious Proposal 229

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay 234

Samuel Johnson, To Miss _____ On Her Playing upon the Harpsichord . . . 235

Preparing to Respond 236

Shaping 237

Drafting 239

Revision: Gay and Lesbian Criticism 241

Practicing Feminist, Postfeminist, and Queer Theory Criticism 243

William Shakespeare, Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? 243

Questions 244

Emily Dickinson, My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun 244

Questions 245

Tobias Wolff, Say Yes 245

Questions 249

Gender in the Movies 249

Useful Terms for Political Criticism 250

Checklist for Political Criticism 251

Works Cited 252

Recommended Further Reading 253

Appendix 1 254

The Canonization John Donne 254

Appendix 2 256

A Note on How Theories Relate 256

Credits 260

Index 262

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Texts and Contexts: Writing About Literature with Critical Theory 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KnowledgeSeekerSF More than 1 year ago
Helpful book for class but the book wasn't brand new like I payed for. Binding and cover was a bit messed up.