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Theory into Practice : An Introduction to Literary Criticism

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9780495902331

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1/3/2011
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Cengage Learning
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Summary

Beginning with more accessible critical approaches and gradually introducing more challenging critical perspectives, THEORY INTO PRACTICE provides extensive step-by-step guidance for writing literary analyses. This brief, practical introduction to literary theory explores core theories in a unique chronological format and includes an anthology of relevant fiction, poetry, and nonfiction to help bring those theories to life. Remarkably readable and engaging, the text makes even complex concepts manageable for those beginning to think about literary theory, and example analyses for each type of criticism show how real students have applied the theories to works included in the anthology. Now updated with the latest scholarship, including a full discussion of queer theory and increased emphasis on American multicultural approaches, THEORY INTO PRACTICE provides an essential foundation for thoughtful and effective literary analysis.

Table of Contents

Preface
To the Student: An Introduction to Theory into Practice
The Relationship Of Reading And Writing
Reading and Writing in College
Engaging the Text
Adding Marginal Notations
Keeping a Reading Log
Using Heuristics
Shaping a Response
Determining a Purpose and Understanding Forms of Response
Answering Essay Questions
Writing Research Papers
Knowing Your Audience
Choosing a Voice
Helping the Process
Collaboration
Reference Materials
Summing up
Suggested Reading
Familiar Approaches
Conventional Ways of Reading Literature
A Social Perspective
The Effects of Genre
Conventional Ways of Writing about Literature
Explication
Analysis
Comparison and ContraSt. Study of a Single Author's Works
Summing up
Suggested Reading and Resources
Model Student Analyses
"Between Gloom and Splendor: A Historical Analysis of Hawthorne's 'Young Goodman Brown,'"
Formalism
Historical Background
Russian Formalism
Reading as a FormaliSt. Form
Diction
Unity
What Doesn't Appear in Formalist Criticism
Paraphrase
Intention
Biography
Affect
Writing a Formalist Analysis
Prewriting
Drafting and Revising
The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Model Student Analysis
"Robinson's 'Richard Cory': A Formalistic Interpretation,"
Psychological Criticism
Historical Background
Practicing Psychological Criticism
Freudian Principles
The Unconscious
The Tripartite Psyche
The Significance of Sexuality
The Importance of Dreams
Symbols
Creativity
Summing up
Carl Jung and Mythological Criticism
Characters
Images
Situations
Northrop Frye and Mythological Criticism
Jacques Lacan: An Update on Freud
Character Analysis
Antirealism
Jouissance
Writing Psychological Criticism
Prewriting
Drafting and Revising
The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Model Student Analyses
"'Thou Hast They Music Too': Loss as Art in John Keats' 'To Autumn'"
"Power and Desire in Ernest Gaines' 'The Sky is Gray'"
Marxist Criticism
Historical Background
Reading from a Marxist Perspective
Economic Power
Materialism versus Spirituality
Class Conflict
Art, Literature, and Ideologies
Writing a Marxist Analysis
Prewriting
Drafting and Revising
The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Model Student Analysis
"Silence, Violence, and Southern Agrarian Class Conflict in William Faulkner's 'Barn Burning'"
Feminist Criticism
Historical Background
Feminism
Queer Theory
Reading as a FeminiSt. Studies of Difference
Studies of Power
Studies of the Female Experience
Writing Feminist Criticism
Prewriting
Drafting and Revising
The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Model Student Analysis
"The Road from Mother: A Daughter's Struggle"
Reader-Response Criticism
Historical Background
Making a Reader's Response
Getting Started
Interacting with the Text
The Text Acts on the Reader
The Reader Acts on the Text
The Transactional Model
Writing a Reader-Response Analysis
Prewriting
Drafting and Revising
The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Model Student Analysis
"Discovering the Way the World Works: A Reader-Response Analysis of James Joyce's 'Araby'"
Deconstruction
Historical Background
Practicing Deconstruction
Making a Deconstructive Analysis
Writing a Deconstructive Analysis
Prewriting
Drafting and Revising
The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Model Student Analysis
"The Blame Game" by Katherine Meister
Cultural Studies: New Historicism
An Overview of Cultural Studies
Assumptions, Principles, and Goals of New Historicism
Traditional Historicism
New Historicism
New Literary Historicism
Historical Background
Reading as a New HistoriciSt. The World of the Author and the Text
Discourses in the Text
Intentions and Reception
Writing a New Historicist Literary Analysis
Prewriting
Drafting and Revising
The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Model Student Analysis
"The Economics of Paranoia in Nadine Gordimer's 'Once Upon a Time'"
More Cultural Studies: Postcolonialism And Multiculturalism
Postcolonialism
Historical Background
Basic Assumptions
Reading as a PostcolonialiSt. Presentation of Colonialism
Treatment of Characters
Validity of the Narrative
Expressions of Nativism (Nationalism)
Recurring Subjects and Themes
Context
Minor Characters
Political Statement and Innuendo
Similarities
American Multiculturalism
African American Literature
Reading as a MulticulturaliSt. Narrative Forms
Diction
Style
Writing a Cultural Studies Analysis
Suggested Reading
Model Student Analyses
"Victims Already: Violence and Threat in Nadine Gordimer's 'Once upon a Time'"
"Langston Hughes and the Dream of America"
Ecocriticism
What Is It?
Historical Background
Getting Started as an Ecocritic
Selecting a Text
Choosing an Approach
Questioning the Representation of Nature
Looking at Nature Writing
Examining Ecocritical Issues and Questions
Writing Ecocriticism
Prewriting
Drafting and Revising
The Introduction
The Body
The Conclusion
Suggested Reading
Model Student Analysis
"The Function of Nature in John Keats' 'To Autumn'"
Literary Selections
Letters of Abigail and John Adams
Jill Ker Conway excerpt from The Road from Coorain
William Faulkner "Barn Burning"
Robert Frost "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
Ernest J. Gaines "The Sky Is Gray"
Nadine Gordimer "Once upon a Time"
Nathaniel Hawthorne "Young Goodman Brown"
Langston Hughes "I, Too"
Langston Hughes "Theme for English B"
Zora Neale Hurston excerpt from The Eatonville Anthology
James Joyce "Araby"
John Keats "To Autumn"
Guy de Maupassant "The Diamond Necklace"
Edgar Allan Poe "The Masque of the Red Death"
Edwin Arlington Robinson "Richard Cory"
Information At A Glance
Glossary
Index
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