Texts and Contexts : Writing about Literature with Critical Theory

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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Deeply rooted in the views, responses, and history of contemporary critical theories,Texts and Contexts, Fourth Edition provides students with the knowledge and tools to write about literature effectively. The author presents a user-friendly introduction to contemporary critical theoriesufrom new criticism to cultural studies-as part of the practice of writing about literature.Texts and Contexts innovatively incorporates a step-by-step approach in each chapter guiding readers through the application of a particular theory and giving them clear examples of how to apply what other texts cover in abstract. In addition, the text provides a wealth of writing strategies, examples, and practice tests that assist in explaining the assumptions underlying the various critical theories. Readers engage in a unique learning experience of understanding about how the process of employing these methods enriches their engagements with literature. For those interested in learning more about critical theory in literature.

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with "Works Cited" and "Recommended Further Reading" sections
An Introduction, Theoretically
Textual Tours
Checking Some Baggage
Anything to Declare
Critical Visions: A Selective Tour
New Criticism
From Here at The New Yorker, Brendan Gill
Reader-Response Criticism
Deconstructive Criticism
Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies
Psychological Criticism
Feminist Criticism
Other Approaches
Unifying the Work: New Criticism
The Purpose of New Criticism
Basic Principles Reflected
Ars Poetica, Archibald MacLeish
Radicals in Tweed Jackets
How to Do New Criticism
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
The Mother, Gwendolyn Brooks
Preparing to Write
Practicing New Criticism
Forgiving my Father, Lucille Clifton
My Father's Martial Art, Stephen Shu-ning Liu
Creating the Text: Reader-Response Criticism
The Purpose of Reader-Response Criticism
New Criticism as the Old Criticism
The Reader Emerges
Hypertextual Readers
How to Do Reader-Response Criticism
Preparing to Respond
Love Poem #1, Sandra Cisneros
Making Sense
Subjective Response
Receptive Response
The Writing Process: A Sample Essay
Preparing to Respond
A Very Short Story, Ernest Hemmingway
Preparing to Write
Practicing Reader-Response Criticism
Since There's No Help, Michael Drayton
Killing the Be
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