A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature

A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature

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"A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature, Fifth Edition" offers readers and students a variety of ways of looking at a piece of literature. It is appropriate for courses in Literary Criticism or Theory, as well as in freshman/sophomore level. Offering an introduction to Literature courses, this text serves as a comprehensive guide to the major critical approaches to literature. Using classic works such as "To His Coy Mistress", "Hamlet", "Huckleberry Finn", "Young Goodman Brown," "Everyday Use," and (new to this edition) "Frankenstein" as tools to introduce students to various critical theories, this book demonstrates how different approaches to an array of readings enrich the total response to and understanding of the individual work.show more

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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • numerous halftones, 1 line drawing
  • 0195160177
  • 9780195160178
  • 1,443,618

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"From the first edition on, I have chosen this Handbook over all the other 'writing about literature' texts in competition with it because of the editors' basic methodology of explaining the theory, then following through with models of each theory applied to a cross section of literary genres (with Frankenstein, now including popular culture and film). Each audience finds your text to be so helpful and accessible that the most common response is 'I wish I had known about this sooner!'"--Alan S. Loxterman, University of Richmond "[T]he descriptions of the various approaches are succinct, thoughtful, and incisive. The editors get right to the point with no confusing vocabulary or terms that might discourage students. . . .At the end of the term we ask for course evaluations from our students, and one suggestion I have found asks me to spend more time in class discussing the assigned chapters in A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature. . .this handbook does all I want and I have had no reason to choose another text."--Harry Rusche, Emory University "Features of the book that led to my adopting it are the sensible, clear, and non-eccentric explanations of the major critical approaches and equally sound analyses of sample texts. . . .A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature is at the head of the class in every way. It is accurate, clear, and illustrative."--George Hahn, Towson Universityshow more

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