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Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory

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This book helps students analyze and write about literature through the introduction of contemporary critical theories.  Step-by-step applications of a particular theory give clear, practical examples of what other texts only cover in the abstract.  A wealth of writing strategies, examples, and practice materials enable students to understand the assumptions underlying these theories.

 

WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS EDITION

  • A stronger focus on evaluating and using Internet sources, as well as electronic databases, with an emphasis on ethics and strategies for avoiding plagiarism.
  • Innovatively addresses critical theories by discussing the assumptions of an approach, showing how those assumptions drive a reading and providing practice for students.
  • New coverage of cultural criticism and post-colonial criticism. 
  • Expanded examples and practice tests.

Synopsis:

 Texts and Contexts:  Writing about Literature presents a user-friendly introduction to contemporary critical theories—from new criticism to cultural studies—as part of the practice of analyzing and writing about literature.  Some of the changes to the new edition include enhanced coverage of film and other genres reflecting the growing interest in film as an academic field and engaging students.  New sample texts and projects, all classroom-tested, appear at the end of every theory chapter, along with guiding questions to offer more practice for students in applying critical theory to literary texts.  There is more on current approaches to literature, including the relationship between rhetoric and reader-response criticism, Marxism, postcolonialism, queer theory, feminist theory, and African-American studies.

Synopsis:

This book helps students analyze and write about literature through the introduction of contemporary critical theories.  Step-by-step applications of a particular theory give clear, practical examples of what other texts only cover in the abstract.  A wealth of writing strategies, examples, and practice materials enable students to understand the assumptions underlying these theories.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

1. An Introduction, Theoretically

Textual Tours

Checking Some Baggage

Anything to Declare

Recommended Further Reading

 

2. Critical Worlds: A Selective Tour

New Criticism

            Brendan Gill, from Here at “The New Yorker”

Reader-Response Criticism

Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism

Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

Psychological Criticism

Political Criticism

Other Approaches

Works Cited

Recommended Further Reading

 

3. Unifying the Work: New Criticism

The Purpose of New Criticism

Basic Principles Reflected

Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica

                        Radicals in Tweed Jackets

How to Do New Criticism

                        Film and Other Genres

            The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

                        Gwendolyn Brooks, The Mother

                        Preparing to Write

                        Shaping

                        Drafting

            Practicing New Criticism

                        Lucille Clifton, forgiving my father

                        Questions

                        Stephen Shu-ning Liu, My Father’s Martial Art

                        Questions

                        Ben Jonson, On My First Son

                        Questions

            Works Cited

            Recommended Further Reading

 

4. 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

                        Sandra Cisneros, Love Poem #1

                        Making Sense

                        Subjective Response

                        Receptive Response

            The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

                        Preparing to Respond

                        Ernest Hemingway, A Very Short Story

                        Preparing to Write

                        Shaping

                        Drafting

            Practicing Reader-Response Criticism

                        Michael Drayton, Since There’s No Help

                        Questions

                        Judith Minty, Killing the Bear

                        Questions

                        Caroline Fraser, All Bears

                        Questions

            Works Cited

            Recommended Further Reading

 

5. Opening up

Text: Structuralism and Deconstruction

            The Purposes of Structuralism and Deconstruction

            Structuralism and Semiotics

            Post-Structuralism and Deconstruction

How To Do Structuralism and Deconstruction

            William Butler Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

            Amy Clampitt, Discovery

            Preparing to Write

            Shaping

            Drafting

Practicing Structuralist and Deconstructive Criticism

USC Continuing Education, Cut Through the Anxiety

                        Questions

                        William Blake, London

                        Questions

                        Linda Pastan, Ethics

                        Questions

                        Useful Terms for Deconstruction

            Works Cited

            Recommended Further Reading

 

6. Connecting the Text: Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

The Purposes of Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

            Biographical and Historical Criticism

John Milton, When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

            Cultural Studies

            New Historicism

            History as Text

            Marxist Criticism

            Postcolonial Studies

How To Do Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

            The Writing Process: Sample Essays

John Cheever, Reunion

            A Biographical Essay

                        Preparing to Write

                        Shaping

                        Drafting

            A New Historical Essay

                        Preparing to Write

                        Shaping

                        Drafting

Practicing Historical, Postcolonial, and Cultural Studies

Useful Terms for Historical, Cultural, and Postcolonial Criticism

Works Cited

            Recommended Further Reading

7. Minding the Work

Psychological Criticism

The Purpose of Psychological Criticism

How to Do Psychological Criticism

William Wordsworth, A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

                        William Shakespeare, from Hamlet

Preparing to Write

                        Shaping

                        Drafting

            Practicing Psychological Criticism

            Emily Dickinson, A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

                        Questions

                        Marianne Moore, O to Be a Dragon

                        Questions

                        Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach

                        Questions

            Useful Terms for Psychological Criticism

Works Cited

            Recommended Further Reading

 

8. Feminist Criticism, Post-Feminism, and Queer Theory

How to Do Feminist Criticism, Post-Feminism, and Queer Theory

                        Mary Astell, from A Serious Proposal

The Writing Process: A Sample Essay

                        Samuel Johnson, To Miss ______ On Her Playing upon the Harpsichord…

                        Preparing to Respond

                        Shaping

                        Drafting

            Revision: Gay and Lesbian Criticism

            Practicing Feminist, Post-Feminist, and Queer Theory Criticism

                        William Shakespeare, Shall I Compare Thee…

                        Questions

                        Emily Dickinson, My Life Had Stood…

                        Questions

                        Tobias Wolff, Say Yes

                        Questions

            Useful Terms for Political Criticism

Works Cited

            Recommended Further Reading

 

9. Investigating the Work: Research and Documentation

            The Purpose of Research

            How to Do Research

                        The Topic and the Task

                        Finding and Using Resources

            The Writing Process: A Sample Research Paper

                        Getting Ideas

                        Organizing

                        Drafting

            Works Cited

            Recommended Further Reading

 

Appendix: John Donne, The Canonization

Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780321449078
Subtitle:
Writing About Literature with Critical Theory
Publisher:
Longman
Author:
Lynn, Steven
Author:
Lynn, Steven Jay
Author:
Lynn, Steven J.
Author:
Lynn, Steve
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
English language
Subject:
College readers
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Criticism -- Authorship.
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
5
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25x6.46x.66 in. .79 lbs.

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 Texts and Contexts:  Writing about Literature presents a user-friendly introduction to contemporary critical theories—from new criticism to cultural studies—as part of the practice of analyzing and writing about literature.  Some of the changes to the new edition include enhanced coverage of film and other genres reflecting the growing interest in film as an academic field and engaging students.  New sample texts and projects, all classroom-tested, appear at the end of every theory chapter, along with guiding questions to offer more practice for students in applying critical theory to literary texts.  There is more on current approaches to literature, including the relationship between rhetoric and reader-response criticism, Marxism, postcolonialism, queer theory, feminist theory, and African-American studies.

"Synopsis" by ,

This book helps students analyze and write about literature through the introduction of contemporary critical theories.  Step-by-step applications of a particular theory give clear, practical examples of what other texts only cover in the abstract.  A wealth of writing strategies, examples, and practice materials enable students to understand the assumptions underlying these theories.

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