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Offering a refreshing combination of accessibility and intellectual rigor, How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies, Third Edition, presents an up-to-date, concise, and wide-ranging historicist survey of contemporary thinking in critical theory. The only book of its kind that thoroughly merges literary studies with cultural studies, this text provides a critical look at the major movements in literary studies since the 1930s, including those often omitted from other texts. It is also the only up-to-date survey of literary theory that devotes extensive treatment to Queer Theory and Postcolonial and Race Studies. How to Interpret Literature is ideal as a stand-alone text or in conjunction with an anthology of primary readings such as Robert Dale Parker's Critical Theory: A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies.
Distinctive Features * A conversational and engaging tone that speaks directly to today's students * Wider coverage than any book of its kind * A rich assortment of pedagogical features (charts, text boxes, photos, and suggestions for further reading)
Robert Dale Parker is James M. Benson Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Table of Contents
2. New Criticism Before New Criticism How to Interpret: Key Concepts for New Critical Interpretation Historicizing the New Criticism: Rethinking Literary Unity The Intentional Fallacy and the Affective Fallacy How to Interpret: A New Critical Example The Influence of New Criticism Further Reading
3. Structuralism Key Concepts in Structuralism How to Interpret: Structuralism in Cultural and Literary Studies The Death of the Author How to Interpret: The Detective Novel Structuralism, Formalism, and Literary History The Structuralist Study of Narrative: Narratology How to Interpret: Focalization and Free Indirect Discourse Narrative Syntax, and Metaphor and Metonymy Further Reading
4. Deconstruction Key Concepts in Deconstruction How to Interpret: A Deconstructionist Example Writing, Speech, and Différance Deconstruction beyond Derrida Deconstruction, Essentialism, and Identity How to Interpret: Further Deconstructionist Examples Further Reading
5. Psychoanalysis Clinical Psychoanalysis Key Concepts in Psychoanalysis: The Psychoanalytic Understanding of the Mind Sigmund Freud How to Interpret: Models of Psychoanalytic Interpretation From the Interpretation of Dreams to the Interpretation of Literature How to Interpret: Further Psychoanalytic Examples Jacques Lacan How to Interpret: A Lacanian Example Further Reading
6. Feminism What Is Feminism? Early Feminist Criticism Sex and Gender Feminisms? How to Interpret: Feminist Examples Feminism and Visual Pleasure Intersectionality and the Interdisciplinary Ethos of Contemporary Feminism Further Reading
7. Queer Studies Key Concepts in Queer Studies How to Interpret: A Queer Studies Example Queer Studies and History Outing: Writers, Characters, and the Literary Closet Homosociality and Homosexual Panic Queer of Color Critique How to Interpret: Another Queer Studies Example Questions that Queer Studies Critics Ask Further Reading
8. Marxism Key Concepts in Marxism Lukács, Gramsci, and Marxist Interpretations of Culture Contemporary Marxism, Ideology, and Agenc How to Interpret: An Example from Popular Culture How to Interpret: Further Marxist Examples Further Reading
9. Historicism and Cultural Studies New Historicism How to Interpret: Historicist Examples Michel Foucault Cultural Studies How to Interpret: A Cultural Studies Example Cultural Studies, Historicism, and Literature Further Reading
10. Postcolonial and Race Studies Postcolonialism From Orientalism to Deconstruction: Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak How to Interpret: A Postcolonial Studies Example Race Studies How to Interpret: Postcolonial and Race Studies Examples Further Reading
11. Reader Response Ideal, Implied, and Actual Readers Structuralist Models of Reading and Communication Aesthetic Judgment, Interpretive Communities, and Resisting Readers Reception Theory and Reception History Readers and the New Technologies Further Reading
12. Recent and Emerging Developments: Ecocriticism and Disability Studies