Texts and Contexts

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
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This popular, step-by-step guide presents a user-friendly introduction to contemporary critical theories-from new criticism to cultural studies-so readers can gain a deeper understanding of literature. Texts and Contexts 5eguides readers step-by-step through the application of a particular theory, giving them clear, practical examples. The text provides a wealth of writing strategies, examples, and practice materials that assist in explaining the assumptions underlying the various critical theories. Literary criticism, writing about literature, literary theory.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
An Introduction, Theoreticallyp. 3
Textual Toursp. 3
Checking Some Baggagep. 6
Anything to Declare?p. 10
Recommended Further Readingp. 12
Critical Worlds: A Selective Tourp. 15
Brendan Gill, from Here at "The New Yorker"p. 16
New Criticismp. 17
Reader-Response Criticismp. 20
Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticismp. 22
Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studiesp. 25
Psychological Criticismp. 30
Political Criticismp. 33
Other Approachesp. 36
Works Citedp. 37
Recommended Further Readingp. 37
Unifying the Work: New Criticismp. 39
The Purpose of New Criticismp. 39
Basic Principles Reflectedp. 40
Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poeticap. 40
Radicals in Tweed Jacketsp. 44
How to Do New Criticismp. 48
Film and Other Genresp. 51
The Writing Process: A Sample Essayp. 52
Gwendolyn Brooks, The Motherp. 53
Preparing to Writep. 54
Shapingp. 55
Draftingp. 56
Practicing New Criticismp. 59
Lucille Clifton, forgiving my fatherp. 59
Questionsp. 60
Stephen Shu-ning Liu, My Father's Martial Artp. 60
Questionsp. 61
Ben Jonson, On My First Sonp. 61
Questionsp. 62
Useful Terms for New Criticismp. 63
Works Citedp. 64
Recommended Further Readingp. 65
Creating the Text: Reader-Response Criticismp. 67
The Purpose of Reader-Response Criticismp. 67
New Criticism as the Old Criticismp. 67
The Reader Emergesp. 68
Hypertextual Readersp. 72
How to Do Reader-Response Criticismp. 73
Preparing to Respondp. 73
Sandra Cisneros, Love Poem #1p. 73
Making Sensep. 74
Subjective Responsep. 76
Receptive Responsep. 78
The Writing Process: A Sample Essayp. 84
Preparing to Respondp. 84
Ernest Hemingway, A Very Short Storyp. 84
Preparing to Writep. 89
Shapingp. 92
Draftingp. 92
Practicing Reader-Response Criticismp. 95
Michael Drayton, Since There's No Helpp. 95
Questionsp. 96
Judith Minty, Killing the Bearp. 97
Questionsp. 100
Caroline Fraser, All Bearsp. 101
Questionsp. 102
Useful Terms for Reader-Response Criticismp. 103
Works Citedp. 103
Recommended Further Readingp. 104
Opening Up the Text: Structuralism and Deconstructionp. 107
The Purposes of Structuralism and Deconstructionp. 107
Structuralism and Semioticsp. 109
Post-Structuralism and Deconstructionp. 110
How to Do Structuralism and Deconstructionp. 116
William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantiump. 116
The Writing Process: A Sample Essayp. 122
Amy Clampitt, Discoveryp. 122
Preparing to Writep. 124
Shapingp. 129
Draftingp. 131
Practicing Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticismp. 135
Questionsp. 135
USC Continuing Education, Cut Through the Anxiety...p. 136
William Blake, Londonp. 137
Questionsp. 137
Linda Pastan, Ethicsp. 139
Questionsp. 139
Useful Terms for Deconstructionp. 140
Works Citedp. 142
Recommended Further Readingp. 142
Connecting the Text: Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studiesp. 145
The Purposes of Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studiesp. 145
Biographical and Historical Criticismp. 146
John Milton, When I Consider How My Light Is Spentp. 146
Cultural Studiesp. 151
New Historicismp. 155
History as Textp. 156
Marxist Criticismp. 158
Postcolonial Studiesp. 161
How to Do Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studiesp. 165
The Writing Process: Sample Essaysp. 168
John Cheever, Reunionp. 168
A Biographical Essayp. 171
Preparing to Writep. 173
Shapingp. 175
Draftingp. 178
A New Historical Essayp. 182
Preparing to Writep. 182
Shapingp. 183
Draftingp. 184
Practicing Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studiesp. 187
Rowland Wilson, Cartoonp. 188
Useful Sources and Terms for Historical, Cultural, and Postcolonial Criticismp. 188
Stan Hunt, Cartoonp. 189
Works Citedp. 194
Recommended Further Readingp. 196
Minding the Work: Psychological Criticismp. 199
The Purpose of Psychological Criticismp. 199
How to Do Psychological Criticismp. 205
William Wordsworth, A Slumber Did My Spirit Sealp. 206
The Writing Process: A Sample Essayp. 209
William Shakespeare, from Hamletp. 209
Preparing to Writep. 210
Shapingp. 214
Draftingp. 216
Practicing Psychological Criticismp. 220
Emily Dickinson, A Narrow Fellow in the Grassp. 220
Questionsp. 221
Marianne Moore, O to Be a Dragonp. 222
Questionsp. 222
Matthew Arnold, Dover Beachp. 222
Questionp. 223
Useful Terms for Psychological Criticismp. 223
Works Citedp. 224
Recommended Further Readingp. 225
Gendering the Text: Feminist Criticism, Post-Feminism, and Queer Theoryp. 227
How to Do Feminist Criticism, Post-Feminism, and Queer Theoryp. 235
Mary Astell, from A Serious Proposalp. 238
The Writing Process: A Sample Essayp. 243
Samuel Johnson, To Miss_______On Her Playing upon the Harsichord...p. 244
Preparing to Respondp. 245
Shapingp. 248
Draftingp. 249
Revision: Gay and Lesbian Criticismp. 252
Practicing Feminist, Post-Feminist, and Queer Theory Criticismp. 254
William Shakespeare, Shall I Compare Thee...p. 255
Questionsp. 255
Emily Dickinson, My Life had stood...p. 256
Questionsp. 257
Tobias Wolff, Say Yesp. 257
Questionsp. 261
Useful Terms for Political Criticismp. 261
Works Citedp. 263
Recommended Further Readingp. 264
Investigating the Work: Research and Documentationp. 267
The Purposes of Researchp. 267
How to Do Researchp. 272
The Topic and the Taskp. 272
Finding and Using Resourcesp. 276
Background Sourcesp. 277
Bibliographies, Indexes, Catalogsp. 279
Online Sources, Ethics, Plagiarismp. 280
The Writing Process: A Sample Research Paperp. 286
Getting Ideasp. 287
Organizingp. 293
Draftingp. 294
Works Citedp. 298
Recommended Further Readingsp. 298
Appendixp. 299
John Donne, The Canonizationp. 299
Creditsp. 301
Indexp. 303
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