Synopses & Reviews
Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Bedford/St. Martin's innovative Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series has introduced more than a quarter of a million students to literary theory and earned enthusiastic praise nationwide. Along with an authoritative text of a major literary work, each volume presents critical essays, selected or prepared especially for students, that approach the work from several contemporary critical perspectives, such as gender criticism and cultural studies. Each essay is accompanied by an introduction (with bibliography) to the history, principles, and practice of its critical perspective. Every volume also surveys the biographical, historical, and critical contexts of the literary work and concludes with a glossary of critical terms. New editions reprint cultural documents that contextualize the literary works and feature essays that show how critical perspectives can be combined.
About the Author
Daniel R. Schwarz is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1968. He is the author of the recent In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in the Twenty-First Century (2008) in the prestigious Blackwell Manifesto series, Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004), Broadway Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyon and the Making of New York City Culture (2003), as well as the widely read Imagining the Holocaust (1999). His prior books include Rereading Conrad (2001); Reconfiguring Modernism: Explorations in the Relationship Between Modern Art and Modern Literature (1997); Narrative and Representation in Wallace Stevens (1993), a Choice selection for best academic book of 1993; The Case for a Humanistic Poetics (1991); The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930 (1989; revised 1995); Reading Joyce's "Ulysses" (Second Edition, 2004); The Humanistic Heritage: Critical Theories of the English Novel from James to Hillis Miller (1986); Conrad: The Later Fiction (1982); Conrad: "Almayer's Folly" through "Under Western Eyes" (1980); and Disraeli's Fiction (1979). He has edited Joyce's The Dead (1994) and Conrad's The Secret Sharer (1997) in the Bedford Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series, and was coeditor of Narrative and Culture (1994). He has also edited the Penguin Damon Runyon (2008). He served as consulting editor of the six-volume edition of The Early Novels of Benjamin Disraeli (2004) for which he wrote the General Introduction. He is General Editor of the multivolume critical series Reading the Novel for which he wrote Reading the Modern British and Irish Novel, 1890-1930 (2004) and is now writing Reading the European Novel. A founding member and former president of the society for the Study of Narrative Literature, he has published dozens of scholarly articles on British and American fiction and literary theory. Among his books are studies on Disraeli and Conrad as well as Reading Joyce's ULYSSES; The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930; and The Case for a Humanistic Poetics.
Table of Contents
About the Series
About This Volume
PART ONE: "THE DEAD": THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [1967 Viking Compass Edition, prepared by Robert Scholes]
PART TWO: "THE DEAD": A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM
A Critical History of "The Dead"
Psychoanalytic Criticism and "The Dead"
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Daniel R. Schwarz, Gabriel Contoy's Psyche: Character as Concept in Joyce's "The Dead"
Reader-Response Criticism and "The Dead"
What Is Reader-Response Criticism?
Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Reader-Response Perspective:
Peter J. Rabinowitz, "A Symbol of Something": Interpretive Vertigo in "The Dead"
New Historicism and "The Dead"
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
Michael Levenson, Living History in "The Dead"
Feminist Criticism and "The Dead"
What Is Feminist Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
Margot Norris, Not the Girl She Was at All: Women in "The Dead"
Deconstruction and "The Dead"
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructionist Perspective:
John Paul Riquelme, For Whom the Snow Taps: Style and Repetition in "The Dead"
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors