The Literary Theory Toolkit A Compendium of Concepts and Methods

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-06
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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

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductory Tools for Literary Analysisp. 1
Basics of Literary Studyp. 2
Comprehension versus Interpretationp. 2
Common Critical Practicesp. 4
Close Readingp. 4
Contextual Analysisp. 5
Application of a Critical Approachp. 7
Social Criticismp. 10
Literary Languagep. 14
Multiple Meaningsp. 15
Poetry and Plurisignationp. 16
Hermeneuticsp. 19
Peshat and Derashp. 19
Medieval Hermeneutics: The Fourfold Methodp. 20
Sympathetic Analogiesp. 22
The Rise of Modern Literary Interpretationp. 25
Philosophical Hermeneuticsp. 28
The Hermeneutic Circlep. 30
Major Twentieth-Century Schools of Critical Analysisp. 34
Traditional and New Historicismsp. 34
New Criticismp. 36
Marxismp. 37
Structuralismp. 38
Phenomenological Literary Analysisp. 39
Psychoanalytic Criticismp. 41
Reader Response Criticismp. 44
Post-Structuralismp. 45
Sodo-Political Analysesp. 46
Feminismp. 46
Social Constructivism: Berger and Luckmann versus Michel Foucaultp. 48
Race Studies, Gay and Lesbian Studies, and Ethnic Studiesp. 54
Cultural, Global, and Post-Colonial Studiesp. 58
Tools for Reading Narrativep. 65
Story and Plot: Fabula and Syuzhetp. 68
Orderp. 70
Analepsis and Prolepsisp. 71
Mimesis and Diegesisp. 72
Free Indirect Discoursep. 77
Interior Monologuep. 79
Diachronic and Synchronicp. 81
Intertextualityp. 83
Dialogismp. 85
Chronotopep. 89
Character Zonep. 90
Focalizationp. 92
Narrative Codesp. 94
Tools for Reading Poetryp. 98
Tropesp. 98
Elisionp. 103
Resemblancep. 107
Juxtapositionp. 108
Analogyp. 109
Allegoryp. 110
Emulationp. 112
Imitationp. 113
Objective Correlativep. 115
Language Poetryp. 117
The New Sentencep. 122
Sound Poetry/Concrete Poetryp. 123
Prosodyp. 130
Tools for Reading Performancep. 134
Performance Studiesp. 134
Realist Theatre: Total Actingp. 140
Konstantin Stanislavskip. 142
Lee Strasberg (The Method), David Mamet (Practical Aesthetics), Mary Overlie (The Six Viewpoints Approach)p. 144
Epic Theatrep. 148
Theatre of Crueltyp. 149
Actionsp. 151
Playp. 154
Happeningsp. 156
Performance Artp. 159
Guerrilla Theatrep. 165
Tools for Reading Texts as Systemsp. 168
Aristotle and Formp. 170
The Literary Work as Object of Rational Empiricismp. 174
Saussurean Linguisticsp. 178
Lévi-Strauss and Structuralismp. 182
Roman Jakobson's Communication Modelp. 187
Roland Barthes' Hierarchical Structuresp. 189
Functionsp. 192
Actionsp. 194
Narrationp. 195
Ideality and Phenomenology of the Literary Object: Husserl and Derridap. 197
Disseminationp. 203
Structure as Rhizome: Deleuze and Guattarip. 205
Permutationp. 208
Undecidability: Derrida, Gödel, Lacanp. 210
Simulating Systems: Jean Baudrillardp. 216
Counterfeitingp. 218
Productionp. 218
Simulationp. 219
Multiplicity: Badioup. 221
Tools for Social Analysisp. 225
The Public Spherep. 228
Habermas and the Frankfurt Schoolp. 228
The Public Sphere versus Hegemony: Laclau and Mouffep. 233
Ideologyp. 237
Political Ideologyp. 237
Top-down Ideologyp. 238
Ideology as Class Consciousnessp. 239
Ideology as False Consciousnessp. 241
Ideology as Semiotic Representationp. 244
Ideology as Social Interpellationp. 248
Theories of Powerp. 250
Might Makes Right versus the Good Shepherdp. 250
Master/Slave Dialectics and the Recognition of Power: Hegel, Kojčve, Sartre, Lacanp. 253
Behaviorism: Stick and Carrotp. 259
Capillary Powerp. 261
The Social Relationp. 263
Primitive Social Relationsp. 264
Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politicsp. 265
From Divine Right to Social Contractp. 270
Marx on The Social Relationp. 275
Alterity: The Relation of Non-relationp. 277
Indexp. 288
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