How to Interpret Literature

How to Interpret Literature : Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies

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Designed for upper level courses in theory and criticism often required of English majors, this survey of key critical approaches to literature offers a fresh and accessible approach to the major movements in criticism. How to Interpret Literature updates the standard approaches to criticism, such as Structuralism, Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis and Feminism, and introduces cutting-edge areas of study for both student and instructor, such as Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Reader Response Theory. The informal tone engages readers and helps them to grasp the intimate connections not only between critical theory and their studies, but also its application to their lives outside the classroom. The volume is a nice counterpoint to our often-used and more formal work by Guerin et al, A Handbook Of Critical Approaches to Literature 5e, (OUP 12/04)show more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 42 black-and-white halftones, 12 line
  • 019533471X
  • 9780195334715

Table of contents

CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER 2. NEW CRITICISM; How to Interpret: Key Concepts from New Critical Interpretation; Historicizing the New Criticism: Rethinking LiteraryUnity; The Intentional Fallacy and the Affective Fallacy; How to Interpret: A New Critical Example; CHAPTER 3. STRUCTURALISM; Structuralism in Cultural and Literary Studies; The Structuralist Study of Narrative: Narratology; Narrative Syntax, Metaphor and Metonymy; CHAPTER 4. DECONSTRUCTION; Writing, Speech, and Differance; Deconstruction beyond Derrida; Deconstruction, Essentialism, and Identity; How to Interpret: More Deconstructive Examples; CHAPTER 5. PSYCHOANALYSIS; The Psychoanalytic Understanding of the Mind; Sigmund Freud; How to Interpret: Models of Psychoanalytic Interpretation; From the Interpretation of Dreams to the Interpretation of Literature; Jacques Lacan; CHAPTER 6. FEMINISM; Early Feminist Criticismshow more

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