Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory / Edition 5

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Overview

This book helps students analyze and write about literature through the introduction of contemporary critical theories. Step-by-step applications of a particular theory give clear, practical examples of what other texts only cover in the abstract. A wealth of writing strategies, examples, and practice materials enable students to understand the assumptions underlying these theories.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS EDITION

  • A stronger focus on evaluating and using Internet sources, as well as electronic databases, with an emphasis on ethics and strategies for avoiding plagiarism.
  • Innovatively addresses critical theories by discussing the assumptions of an approach, showing how those assumptions drive a reading and providing practice for students.
  • New coverage of cultural criticism and post-colonial criticism.
  • Expanded examples and practice tests.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321449078
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. An Introduction, Theoretically

Textual Tours

Checking Some Baggage

Anything to Declare

Recommended Further Reading

2. Critical Worlds: A Selective Tour

New Criticism

Brendan Gill, from Here at “The New Yorker”

Reader-Response Criticism

Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism

Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

Psychological Criticism

Political Criticism

Other Approaches

Works Cited

Recommended Further Reading

3. Unifying the Work: New Criticism

The Purpose of New Criticism

Basic Principles Reflected

Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica

Radicals in Tweed Jackets

How to Do New Criticism

Film and Other Genres

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

Gwendolyn Brooks, The Mother

Preparing to Write

Shaping

Drafting

Practicing New Criticism

Lucille Clifton, forgiving my father

Questions

Stephen Shu-ning Liu, My Father’s Martial Art

Questions

Ben Jonson, On My First Son

Questions

Works Cited

Recommended Further Reading

4. Creating the Text: Reader-Response Criticism

The Purpose of Reader-Response Criticism

New Criticism as the Old Criticism

The Reader Emerges

Hypertextual Readers

How to Do Reader-Response Criticism

Preparing to Respond

Sandra Cisneros, Love Poem #1

Making Sense

Subjective Response

Receptive Response

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

Preparing to Respond

Ernest Hemingway, A Very Short Story

Preparing to Write

Shaping

Drafting

Practicing Reader-Response Criticism

Michael Drayton, Since There’s No Help

Questions

Judith Minty, Killing the Bear

Questions

Caroline Fraser, All Bears

Questions

Works Cited

Recommended Further Reading

5. Opening up

Text: Structuralism and Deconstruction

The Purposes of Structuralism and Deconstruction

Structuralism and Semiotics

Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction

How To Do Structuralism and Deconstruction

William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

Amy Clampitt, Discovery

Preparing to Write

Shaping

Drafting

Practicing Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism

USC Continuing Education, Cut Through the Anxiety

Questions

William Blake, London

Questions

Linda Pastan, Ethics

Questions

Useful Terms for Deconstruction

Works Cited

Recommended Further Reading

6. Connecting the Text: Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

The Purposes of Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

Biographical and Historical Criticism

John Milton, When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

Cultural Studies

New Historicism

History as Text

Marxist Criticism

Postcolonial Studies

How To Do Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

The Writing Process: Sample Essays

John Cheever, Reunion

A Biographical Essay

Preparing to Write

Shaping

Drafting

A New Historical Essay

Preparing to Write

Shaping

Drafting

Practicing Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

Useful Terms for Historical, Cultural, and Postcolonial Criticism

Works Cited

Recommended Further Reading

7. Minding the Work

Psychological Criticism

The Purpose of Psychological Criticism

How to Do Psychological Criticism

William Wordsworth, A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

William Shakespeare, from Hamlet

Preparing to Write

Shaping

Drafting

Practicing Psychological Criticism

Emily Dickinson, A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

Questions

Marianne Moore, O to Be a Dragon

Questions

Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

Questions

Useful Terms for Psychological Criticism

Works Cited

Recommended Further Reading

8. Feminist Criticism, Post-Feminism, and Queer Theory

How to Do Feminist Criticism, Post-Feminism, and Queer Theory

Mary Astell, from A Serious Proposal

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

Samuel Johnson, To Miss ______ On Her Playing upon the Harpsichord…

Preparing to Respond

Shaping

Drafting

Revision: Gay and Lesbian Criticism

Practicing Feminist, Post-Feminist, and Queer Theory Criticism

William Shakespeare, Shall I Compare Thee…

Questions

Emily Dickinson, My Life Had Stood…

Questions

Tobias Wolff, Say Yes

Questions

Useful Terms for Political Criticism

Works Cited

Recommended Further Reading

9. Investigating the Work: Research and Documentation

The Purpose of Research

How to Do Research

The Topic and the Task

Finding and Using Resources

The Writing Process: A Sample Research Paper

Getting Ideas

Organizing

Drafting

Works Cited

Recommended Further Reading

Appendix: John Donne, The Canonization

Credits

Index

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