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The Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

The Essential Criticism of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

by Michael J. Meyer
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ISBN-13: 9780810867338
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/23/2009
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Meyer, now retired, was an adjunct professor of English at DePaul University and Northeastern Illinois University. He is the coeditor of A John Steinbeck Encyclopedia (2006) and author of The John Steinbeck Bibliography, 1996-2006 (Scarecrow, 2008).

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Editor's Note xv

Part 1 The 1930s 1

Chapter 1 Book Reviews 3

Part 2 The 1940s And 1950s 31

Chapter 2 The Wide World of John Steinbeck Chapter 8 Peter Lisca 35

Part 3 The 1960s And 1970s 45

Chapter 3 John Steinbeck's Parable of the Curse of Cain William Goldhurst 49

Chapter 4 Of George and Lennie and Curley's Wife: Sweet Violence in Steinbeck's Eden Mark Spilka 62

Chapter 5 The Novels of John Steinbeck, Excerpt from Chapter 5 Howard Levant 73

Chapter 6 Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (Novel) (1937) John F. Slater 86

Part 4 The 1980s 95

Chapter 7 A Game of Cards in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Michael W. Shurgot 97

Chapter 8 John Steinbeck's Fiction: The Aesthetics of the Road Taken: "Of Mice and Men" (Chapter 4) John Timmerman 104

Part 5 The 1990s 111

Chapter 9 A Historical Introduction to Of Mice and Men Anne Loftis 115

Chapter 10 Manhood Beset: Misogyny in Of Mice and Men Jean Emery 125

Chapter 11 Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (1937) Charlotte Hadella 134

Chapter 12 Of Mice and Men: Steinbeck's Speculations in Manhood Leland S. Person Jr. 150

Chapter 13 Queer Borders: Figures from the 1930s for U.S.-Canadian Relations Caren Irr 158

Part 6 Since 2000 185

Chapter 14 Of Mice and Men: A Story of Innocence Retained Marilyn Chandler McEntyre 187

Chapter 15 Of Mice and Men: Creating and Re-Creating Curley's Wife Mimi Reisel Gladstein 203

Chapter 16 Deadly Kids, Stinking Dogs, and Heroes: The Best Laid Plans in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Louis Owens 220

Chapter 17 Reading the Character of Crooks in Of Mice and Men: A Black Writer's Perspective Charles Johnson 236

Part 7 NewEssays 251

Chapter 18 Reduced to Nothing: Race, Lynching, and Erasure in the Theater Revision of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Daniel Griesbach 253

Chapter 19 Emotion Recollected in Tranquility: A Context for Romanticism in Of Mice and Men Barbara A. Heavilin 276

Chapter 20 One Is the Loneliest Number: Steinbeck's Paradoxical Attraction and Repulsion to Isolation/Solitude Michael J. Meyer 290

Chapter 21 Musical Intertextuality in Action: A Directed Reading of Of Mice and Men Christian Goering Katherine Collier Scott Koenig J. Olive O'Berski Stephanie Pierce Kelly Riley 307

Appendix: Online Sites for Teaching Of Mice and Men 331

Index 333

About the Editor and Contributors 343

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