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This new edition of the classic guide offers a thorough and accessible introduction to contemporary critical theory. It provides in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis today: feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, reader-response theory, new criticism, structuralism and semiotics, deconstruction, new historicism, cultural criticism, lesbian/gay/queer theory, African-American criticism, and postcolonial criticism. The chapters provide an extended explanation of each theory, using examples from everyday life, popular culture, and literary texts; a list of specific questions critics who use that theory ask about literary texts; an interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald'sThe Great Gatsbythrough the lens of each theory; a list of questions for further practice to guide readers in applying each theory to different literary works; and a bibliography of primary and secondary works for further reading. This book can be used as the only text in a course or as a precursor to the studyof primary theoretical works. It motivates readers by showing them what critical theory can offer in terms of their practical understanding of literary texts and in terms of their personal understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. Both engaging and rigorous, it is a "how-to" book for undergraduate and graduate students new to critical theory and for college professors who want to broaden their repertoire of critical approaches to literature.
Table of Contents
|Psychoanalytic Criticism The Unconscious and the Defenses|
|Death and Sexuality|
|Psychoanalysis and Literature|
|A Psychoanalytic Reading of The Great Gatsby|
|Marxist Criticism Marxist Premises|
|Ideology and Human Behavior|
|Marxism and Literature|
|A Marxist Reading of The Great Gatsby|
|Feminist Criticism Feminist Premises|
|Feminism and Literature|
|A Feminist Reading of The Great Gatsby|
|New Criticism "The Text Itself": Literary Language and Organic Unity|
|A Close Reading of Lucille Clifton's "There Is a Girl Inside"|
|Objective Criticism and the "Single Best Reading"|
|A New Critical Reading of The Great Gatsby|
|Reader-Response Criticism Transactional, Subjective, Psychological, and Social Theories|
|A Reader-Response Analysis of The Great Gatsby|
|Structuralist Criticism Structural Linguistics and Anthropology|
|Structuralist Approaches to Literature|
|A Structuralist Reading of The Great Gatsby|
|Deconstructive Criticism Deconstructing Language and Human Identity|
|Deconstructing Frost's "Mending Wall"|
|A Deconstructive Reading of The Great Gatsby|
|New Historical and Cultural Criticism New Historicism: History, Subjectivity, and Discourse|
|Cultural Criticism: Politics, Power, and Popular Culture|
|Cultural Criticism, and Literature|
|A New Historical Reading of The Great Gatsby|
|Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Criticism The Marginalization of Lesbians and Gay Men|
|Lesbian Criticism/Gay Criticism/Queer Criticism|
|Shared Features of Lesbian Gay, and Queer Criticism|
|A Queer Reading of The Great Gatsby|
|Postcolonial and African American Criticism Postcolonial Identity, Debates, and Approaches to Literature|
|African American Literary History, Tradition, and Current Trends|
|Shared Features of Postcolonial and African American Criticism|
|A Postcolonial Reading of The Great Gatsby|
|Courses for Adoption Critical Theory|
|Literary Criticism/Theory, Literature and Philosophy|
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