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Offering a refreshing combination of accessibility and intellectual rigor,How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies,Second 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, it 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 full chapters to Queer Theory and Postcolonial and Race Studies. Intellectually challenging yet remarkably readable,How to Interpret Literature,Second Edition, is ideal as either a stand-alone text or in conjunction with an anthology of primary readings. DISTINCTIVE FEATURES * Uses aconversational and engaging tonethat speaks directly to today's students * Covers avariety of theoretical schools--including New Criticism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Marxism--weaving connections among chapters to show how these different movements respond to and build upon each other * Offers a richassortment of pedagogical features(charts, text boxes that address frequently asked questions, photos, and a bibliography) NEW TO THIS EDITION * Incorporates thelatest developmentsin the field (e.g., continental political philosophy, ecocriticism, and disability studies) * Presents areorganized and expanded final chapter(Chapter 11: Reader Response) * Now includes"How to Interpret" sectionswithin every chapter *Moves suggested readings to the ends of corresponding chaptersto highlight the texts for students * Includes references to morerecent literature and contemporary movies(e.g.,Avatar), diversifying the already broad selection of examples
Robert Dale Parker is James M. Benson Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Table of Contents
|New Criticism||p. 11|
|How to Interpret: Key Concepts for New Critical Interpretation||p. 18|
|Historicizing the New Criticism: Rethinking Literary Unity||p. 23|
|The Intentional Fallacy and the Affective Fallacy||p. 30|
|How to Interpret: A New Critical Example||p. 38|
|Further Reading||p. 42|
|Key Concepts in Structuralism||p. 45|
|How to Interpret: Structuralism in Cultural and Literary Studies||p. 52|
|The Death of the Author||p. 57|
|How to Interpret: The Detective Novel||p. 58|
|Structuralism, Formalism, and Literary History||p. 63|
|The Structuralist Study of Narrative: Narratology||p. 66|
|Narrative Syntax, Metaphor, and Metonymy||p. 78|
|Further Reading||p. 84|
|Key Concepts in Deconstruction||p. 87|
|How to Interpret: A Deconstructionist Example||p. 93|
|Writing, Speech, and Differance||p. 95|
|Deconstruction beyond Derrida||p. 99|
|Deconstruction, Essentialism, and Identity||p. 102|
|How to Interpret: More Deconstructive Examples||p. 108|
|Further Reading||p. 110|
|The Psychoanalytic Understanding of the Mind||p. 115|
|Sigmund Freud||p. 118|
|How to Interpret: Models of Psychoanalytic Interpretation||p. 123|
|From the Interpretation of Dreams to the Interpretation of Literature||p. 128|
|How to Interpret: Psychoanalytic Examples||p. 131|
|Jacques Lacan||p. 138|
|Further Reading||p. 147|
|Early Feminist Criticism||p. 151|
|Sex and Gender||p. 157|
|How to Interpret: Feminist Examples||p. 163|
|Feminism and Visual Pleasure||p. 166|
|Further Reading||p. 176|
|Queer Studies||p. 179|
|Key Concepts in Queer Studies||p. 180|
|How to Interpret: A Queer Studies Example||p. 186|
|Queer Studies and History||p. 189|
|Outing: Writers, Characters, and the Literary Closet||p. 194|
|Homosociality and Heterosexual Panic||p. 199|
|How to Interpret: Another Queer Studies Example||p. 205|
|Further Reading||p. 208|
|Key Concepts in Marxism||p. 212|
|Contemporary Marxism, Ideology, and Agency||p. 221|
|How to Interpret: Marxist Examples||p. 235|
|Further Reading||p. 242|
|Historicism and Cultural Studies||p. 244|
|New Historicism||p. 244|
|How to Interpret: Historicist Examples||p. 250|
|Michel Foucault||p. 255|
|Cultural Studies||p. 260|
|How to Interpret: A Cultural Studies Example||p. 262|
|Cultural Studies, Historicism, and Literature||p. 265|
|Further Reading||p. 267|
|Postcolonial and Race Studies||p. 270|
|From Orientalism to Deconstruction: Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak||p. 278|
|How to Interpret: A Postcolonial Studies Example||p. 293|
|Race Studies: Postcolonial Theory and the Construction of Race||p. 295|
|How to Interpret: Postcolonial and Race Studies Examples||p. 307|
|Further Reading||p. 311|
|Reader Response||p. 314|
|Ideal, Implied, and Actual Readers||p. 317|
|Structuralist Models of Reading and Communication||p. 319|
|Aesthetic Judgment, Interpretive Communities, and Resisting Readers||p. 324|
|Reception Theory and Reception History||p. 328|
|Readers and the New Technologies||p. 330|
|Further Reading||p. 332|
|Works Cited||p. 337|
|Photographic Credits||p. 341|
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