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Texts and Contexts : Writing about Literature with Critical Theory,9780321081049

Texts and Contexts : Writing about Literature with Critical Theory

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9780321081049

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0321081048
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2001
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Longman
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Summary

Texts and Contexts: Writing About Literature with Critical Theory provides an accessible introduction to contemporary critical theoriesfrom new criticism to cultural studiesas part of the practice of writing about literature. An ideal supplement to any literature anthology, this text works in composition courses that introduce literature to freshman as well as in upper-level theory courses. Providing a wealth of writing strategies, the text explains the assumptions underlying the various critical theories, and then takes the students through the process of employing these methods to enrich their engagements with literature. This 3rd Edition includes a new Chapter 1, An Introduction, Theoretically as well as updated coverage of research and the Internet.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
An Introduction, Theoretically
3(10)
Textual Tours
3(1)
Checking Some Baggage
4(4)
Anything to Declare?
8(2)
Recommended Further Reading
10(3)
Critical Worlds: A Selective Tour
13(20)
New Criticism
14(3)
Here at The New Yorker
14(3)
Brendan Gill
Reader-Response Criticism
17(3)
Deconstructive Criticism
20(2)
Biographical, Historical, and New Historical Criticism
22(3)
Psychological Criticism
25(2)
Feminist Criticism
27(2)
Other Approaches
29(1)
Works Cited
30(1)
Recommended Further Reading
31(2)
Unifying the Work: New Criticism
33(22)
The Purpose of New Criticism
33(8)
Basic Principles Reflected
34(1)
Archibald MacLeish, ``Ars Poetica''
34(4)
Radicals in Tweed Jackets
38(3)
How to Do New Criticism
41(3)
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
44(6)
Gwendolyn Brooks, ``The Mother''
44(1)
Preparing to Write
45(1)
Shaping
46(2)
Drafting
48(2)
Practicing New Criticism
50(2)
``forgiving my father''
50(1)
Lucille Clifton
``My Father's Martial Art''
51(1)
Stephen Shu-ning Liu
Works Cited
52(1)
Recommended Further Reading
53(2)
Creating the Text: Reader-Response Criticism
55(36)
The Purpose of Reader-Response Criticism
55(4)
New Criticism as the Old Criticism
55(1)
The Reader Emerges
56(3)
Hypertextual Readers
59(2)
How to Do Reader-Response Criticism
61(8)
``Love Poem # 1''
61(1)
Sandra Cisneros
Making Sense
62(1)
Subjective Response
63(2)
Receptive Response
65(4)
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
69(12)
Preparing to Respond
69(1)
Ernest Hemingway ``A Very Short Story''
69(5)
Preparing to Write
74(3)
Shaping
77(1)
Drafting
78(3)
Practicing Reader-Response Criticism
81(6)
``Since There's No Help''
81(1)
Michael Drayton
``Killing the Bear''
82(5)
Judith Minty
Works Cited
87(1)
Recommended Further Reading
88(3)
Opening Up the Text: Deconstructive Criticism
91(30)
The Purpose of Deconstruction
91(6)
How to Do Deconstruction
97(5)
``Sailing to Byzantium''
97(5)
William Butler Yeats
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
102(14)
Amy Clampitt, ``Discovery''
103(1)
Preparing to Write
104(5)
Shaping
109(2)
Drafting
111(5)
Practicing Deconstructive Criticism
116(3)
USC Continuing Education, ``Cut Through the Anxiety''
116(1)
William Blake, ``London''
117(2)
Works Cited
119(1)
Recommended Further Reading
119(2)
Connecting the Text: Biographical, Historical, and New Historical Criticism
121(46)
The Purpose of Biographical, Historical, and New Historical Criticism
121(17)
Biographical Criticism
121(1)
``When I Consider How My Light Is Spent''
122(1)
John Milton
Historical Criticism
122(3)
Cultural Studies
125(3)
New Historicism
128(1)
History as Text
129(2)
Marxist Criticism
131(3)
Postcolonial Studies
134(4)
How to Do Biographical, Historical, and New Historical Criticism
138(2)
The Writing Process: Sample Essays
140(4)
``Reunion''
140(4)
John Cheever
A Biographical Essay
144(17)
Preparing to Write
144(5)
Shaping
149(2)
Drafting
151(4)
A New Historical Essay
155(1)
Preparing to Write
155(1)
Shaping
156(2)
Drafting
158(3)
Practicing Biographical, Historical, and New Historical Criticism
161(2)
Cartoon
162(1)
Stan Hunt
Cartoon
163(1)
Rowland Wilson
Works Cited
163(1)
Recommended Further Reading
164(3)
Minding the Work: Psychological Criticism
167(26)
The Purpose of Psychological Criticism
167(5)
How to Do Psychological Criticism
172(4)
``A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal''
173(3)
William Wordsworth
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
176(11)
Hamlet
177(1)
William Shakespeare
Preparing to Write
178(1)
Shaping
179(4)
Drafting
183(4)
Practicing Psychological Criticism
187(2)
``A Narrow Fellow in the Grass''
188(1)
Emily Dickinson
``O to Be a Dragon''
189(1)
Marianne Moore
Works Cited
189(1)
Recommended Further Reading
190(3)
Gendering the Text: Feminist Criticism
193(30)
The Purpose of Feminist Criticism
193(4)
How to Do Feminist Criticism
197(8)
A Serious Proposal
200(5)
Mary Astell
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
205(12)
``To Miss --- On Her Playing the Harpsichord''
206(1)
Samuel Johnson
Preparing to Respond
207(3)
Shaping
210(2)
Drafting
212(3)
Revision: Gay and Lesbian Criticism
215(2)
Practicing Feminist Criticism
217(2)
``Shall I Compare Thee''
217(1)
William Shakespeare
``My Life had stood''
218(1)
Emily Dickinson
Works Cited
219(1)
Recommended Further Reading
220(3)
Investigating the Work: Research and Documentation
223(34)
The Purposes of Research Papers
224(20)
The Topic and the Task
225(5)
Finding and Using Resources
230(1)
Background Sources
231(1)
Bibliographies and Indexes
232(3)
Securing Resources, Taking Notes, Finding a Thesis
235(5)
Drafting and Revising
240(4)
The Writing Process: A Sample Research Paper
244(13)
Getting Ideas
244(6)
Organizing
250(1)
Drafting
251(4)
Works Cited
255(1)
Recommended Further Readings
256(1)
Appendix 257(2)
``The Canonization''
257(2)
John Donne
Credits 259(2)
Index 261


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