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The Literary Theory Toolkit offers readers a rich compendium of key terms, concepts, and arguments necessary for the study of literature in a critical-theoretical context. Includes varied examples drawn from readily available literary texts spanning all periods and genres Features a chapter on performance, something not usually covered in similar texts Covers differing theories of the public sphere, ideology, power, and the social relations necessary for the understanding of approaches to literature
Herman Rapaport is Reynolds Professor of English, Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA. He has published several books on aspects of Jacques Derrida's work and is currently doing research in the Derrida archives for a forthcoming project Archival Derrida.
Table of Contents
|Introductory Tools for Literary Analysis||p. 1|
|Basics of Literary Study||p. 2|
|Comprehension versus Interpretation||p. 2|
|Common Critical Practices||p. 4|
|Close Reading||p. 4|
|Contextual Analysis||p. 5|
|Application of a Critical Approach||p. 7|
|Social Criticism||p. 10|
|Literary Language||p. 14|
|Multiple Meanings||p. 15|
|Poetry and Plurisignation||p. 16|
|Peshat and Derash||p. 19|
|Medieval Hermeneutics: The Fourfold Method||p. 20|
|Sympathetic Analogies||p. 22|
|The Rise of Modern Literary Interpretation||p. 25|
|Philosophical Hermeneutics||p. 28|
|The Hermeneutic Circle||p. 30|
|Major Twentieth-Century Schools of Critical Analysis||p. 34|
|Traditional and New Historicisms||p. 34|
|New Criticism||p. 36|
|Phenomenological Literary Analysis||p. 39|
|Psychoanalytic Criticism||p. 41|
|Reader Response Criticism||p. 44|
|Sodo-Political Analyses||p. 46|
|Social Constructivism: Berger and Luckmann versus Michel Foucault||p. 48|
|Race Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, and Ethnic Studies||p. 54|
|Cultural, Global, and Post-Colonial Studies||p. 58|
|Tools for Reading Narrative||p. 65|
|Story and Plot: Fabula and Syuzhet||p. 68|
|Analepsis and Prolepsis||p. 71|
|Mimesis and Diegesis||p. 72|
|Free Indirect Discourse||p. 77|
|Interior Monologue||p. 79|
|Diachronic and Synchronic||p. 81|
|Character Zone||p. 90|
|Narrative Codes||p. 94|
|Tools for Reading Poetry||p. 98|
|Objective Correlative||p. 115|
|Language Poetry||p. 117|
|The New Sentence||p. 122|
|Sound Poetry/Concrete Poetry||p. 123|
|Tools for Reading Performance||p. 134|
|Performance Studies||p. 134|
|Realist Theatre: Total Acting||p. 140|
|Konstantin Stanislavski||p. 142|
|Lee Strasberg (The Method), David Mamet (Practical Aesthetics), Mary Overlie (The Six Viewpoints Approach)||p. 144|
|Epic Theatre||p. 148|
|Theatre of Cruelty||p. 149|
|Performance Art||p. 159|
|Guerrilla Theatre||p. 165|
|Tools for Reading Texts as Systems||p. 168|
|Aristotle and Form||p. 170|
|The Literary Work as Object of Rational Empiricism||p. 174|
|Saussurean Linguistics||p. 178|
|Lévi-Strauss and Structuralism||p. 182|
|Roman Jakobson's Communication Model||p. 187|
|Roland Barthes' Hierarchical Structures||p. 189|
|Ideality and Phenomenology of the Literary Object: Husserl and Derrida||p. 197|
|Structure as Rhizome: Deleuze and Guattari||p. 205|
|Undecidability: Derrida, Gödel, Lacan||p. 210|
|Simulating Systems: Jean Baudrillard||p. 216|
|Multiplicity: Badiou||p. 221|
|Tools for Social Analysis||p. 225|
|The Public Sphere||p. 228|
|Habermas and the Frankfurt School||p. 228|
|The Public Sphere versus Hegemony: Laclau and Mouffe||p. 233|
|Political Ideology||p. 237|
|Top-down Ideology||p. 238|
|Ideology as Class Consciousness||p. 239|
|Ideology as False Consciousness||p. 241|
|Ideology as Semiotic Representation||p. 244|
|Ideology as Social Interpellation||p. 248|
|Theories of Power||p. 250|
|Might Makes Right versus the Good Shepherd||p. 250|
|Master/Slave Dialectics and the Recognition of Power: Hegel, Kojčve, Sartre, Lacan||p. 253|
|Behaviorism: Stick and Carrot||p. 259|
|Capillary Power||p. 261|
|The Social Relation||p. 263|
|Primitive Social Relations||p. 264|
|Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics||p. 265|
|From Divine Right to Social Contract||p. 270|
|Marx on The Social Relation||p. 275|
|Alterity: The Relation of Non-relation||p. 277|
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