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This student-friendly text gives clear explanations of complex theories. It also provides extensive guidance for writing literary analyses from each of the critical perspectives addressed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838452639
  • Publisher: Cengage Heinle
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
To the Student: An Introduction to Theory into Practice xiii
Works Analyzed in the Text xvii
1. The Relationship of Reading and Writing 1
Reading and Writing in College 1
Engaging the Text 2
Adding Marginal Notations 2
Keeping a Reading Log 3
Using Heuristics 5
Shaping a Response 5
Determining a Purpose 5
Answering Essay Questions 6
Writing Research Papers 7
Knowing Your Audience 8
Choosing a Voice 8
Helping the Process 9
Collaboration 9
Reference Materials 11
Summing Up 12
Recommended Web Sites 12
General Information Sites 12
Literary Criticism Sites 13
Suggested Reading 14
2. Familiar Approaches 15
Conventional Ways of Reading Literature 15
A Social Perspective 15
The Effects of Genre 20
Conventional Ways of Writing about Literature 24
Explication 24
Analysis 24
Comparison and Contrast 25
Study of a Single Author's Works 25
Summing Up 26
Recommended Web Sites 26
Model Student Analyses 26
"A Look at the Background of Kate Chopin's 'Desiree's Baby': A Biographical Study," 26
"Good versus Evil in Kate Chopin's 'Desiree's Baby': A Comparative Study," 30
3. Formalism 32
Historical Background 32
Reading as a Formalist 34
Form 34
Diction 36
Unity 38
What Doesn't Appear in Formalist Criticism 40
Paraphrase 40
Intention 40
Biography 40
Affect 40
Writing a Formalist Analysis 41
Prewriting 41
Drafting and Revising 41
The Introduction 41
The Body 42
The Conclusion 42
Glossary of Terms Useful in Formalist Criticism 43
Recommended Web Sites 44
Suggested Reading 44
Model Student Analysis 45
"Robinson's 'Richard Cory': A Formalistic Interpretation," 45
4. Psychological Criticism 47
Historical Background 47
Practicing Psychological Criticism 48
Freudian Principles 49
The Unconscious 50
The Tripartite Psyche 51
The Significance of Sexuality 52
The Importance of Dreams 53
Symbols 54
Creativity 55
Summing Up 55
Carl Jung and Mythological Criticism 56
Characters 58
Images 59
Situations 60
Northrup Frye and Mythological Criticism 60
Jacques Lacan: An Update on Freud 61
Writing Psychological Criticism 64
Prewriting 64
Drafting and Revising 65
The Introduction 65
The Body 65
The Conclusion 67
Glossary of Terms Useful in Psychological Criticism 67
Recommended Web Sites 68
Suggested Reading 69
Model Student Analyses 70
"Psychological Complexity in Sherwood Anderson's 'The Egg': A Freudian Analysis," 70
"Water, Sun, Moon, Stars, Heroic Spirit, in Tennyson's 'Ulysses': A Mythological Analysis," 76
5. Marxist Criticism 79
Historical Background 79
Reading from a Marxist Perspective 81
Economic Power 82
Materialism versus Spirituality 84
Class Conflict 85
Art, Literature, and Ideologies 86
Writing a Marxist Analysis 89
Prewriting 89
Drafting and Revising 90
The Introduction 90
The Body 90
The Conclusion 91
Glossary of Terms Useful in Marxist Criticism 91
Recommended Web Sites 92
Suggested Reading 93
Model Student Analysis 94
"Marxist Criticism of Frank Norris's 'A Deal in Wheat,'" 94
6. Feminist Criticism 97
Historical Background 97
Reading as a Feminist 103
Studies of Difference 104
Studies of Power 105
Studies of the Female Experience 108
Writing Feminist Criticism 109
Prewriting 110
Drafting and Revising 110
The Introduction 110
The Body 111
The Conclusion 112
Glossary of Terms Useful in Feminist Criticism 113
Recommended Web Sites 113
Suggested Reading 114
Model Student Analysis 115
"The Masculine Sex-Parasite in Edith Wharton's 'The Other Two,'" 115
7. Reader-Response Criticism 120
Historical Background 120
Making a Reader's Response 122
Getting Started 122
Interacting with the Text 122
The Power of the Text 123
The Reader as Producer of the Text 125
The Reader and the Text as Coproducers 127
Period Responses, The Receptionists 128
Writing a Reader-Response Analysis 129
Prewriting 129
Drafting and Revising 130
The Introduction 130
The Body 130
The Conclusion 131
Glossary of Terms Useful in Reader-Response Criticism 132
Recommended Web Sites 132
Suggested Reading 133
Model Student Analysis 133
"Eudora Welty's Portrayal of the American Nightmare: A Formalist Analysis of 'Death of a Traveling Salesman,'" 133
8. Deconstruction 138
Historical Background 138
Practicing Deconstruction 143
Making a Deconstructive Analysis 147
Writing a Deconstructive Analysis 152
Prewriting 152
Drafting and Revising 153
The Introduction 153
The Body 153
The Conclusion 155
Glossary of Terms Useful in Understanding Deconstruction 155
Recommended Web Sites 156
Suggested Reading 156
Model Student Analysis 157
"Who Wants a Doughnut without a Hole? Deconstructive Criticism and the Failure of Meaning in Bobbie Ann Mason's 'Shiloh,'" 157
9. Cultural Studies: New Historicism 161
An Overview of Cultural Studies 161
Assumptions, Principles, and Goals of New Historicism 163
Traditional Historicism 163
New Historicism 164
New Literary Historicism 166
Historical Background 168
Reading as a New Historicist 171
The World of the Author and the Text 172
Discourses in the Text 174
Intentions and Reception 176
Writing a New Historicist Literary Analysis 177
Prewriting 177
Drafting and Revising 178
The Introduction 178
The Body 178
The Conclusion 180
Glossary of Terms Useful in New Historicist Criticism 181
Recommended Web Sites 181
Suggested Reading 182
Model Student Analysis 182
"Clothes as Power in Elizabethan England: A New Historicist Criticism of John Donne's 'To His Mistress Going to Bed,'" 182
10. More Cultural Studies: Postcolonialism and Multiculturalism 185
Postcolonialism 185
Historical Background 186
Basic Assumptions 188
Reading as a Postcolonialist 189
Presentation of Colonialism 190
Treatment of Characters 190
Validity of the Narrative 191
Expressions of Nativism (Nationalism) 191
Recurring Subjects and Themes 192
Context 193
Minor Characters 193
Political Statement and Innuendo 194
Similarities 194
Glossary of Terms Useful in Postcolonial Studies 195
American Multiculturalism 196
African-American Literature 196
Reading as a Multiculturalist 199
Narrative Forms 199
Diction 201
Style 202
Writing a Cultural Studies Analysis 204
Recommended Web Sites 204
Suggested Reading 205
Model Student Analyses 205
"Representations of Cultural Others in Angela Carter's 'The Tiger's Bride,'" 205
"Writing and Staging the White Man's Blues: An Analysis of James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie," 209
Literary Selections 217
Chapter 2 "Barn Burning" 217
Chapter 3 "Araby" 230
Chapter 4 "Young Goodman Brown" 234
Chapter 5 "The Diamond Necklace" 243
Chapter 6 Letters of Abigail and John Adams 249
Chapter 7 "The Masque of the Red Death" 252
Chapter 8 "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" 256
Chapter 9 "The Sky Is Gray" 257
Chapter 10 excerpt from The Road from Coorain 277
excerpt from The Eatonville Anthology 287
Information at a Glance 297
Purposes and Assumptions 297
Strategies, Strengths, and Weaknesses 298
Index 301
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