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
Considered by many to be the greatest novelist of the English language, Charles John Hummham Dickens was born Februrary 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England. Some of his most populars works include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.
Table of Contents
About the Series
About This Volume
PART I. GREAT EXPECTATIONS: THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [1861 edition, collated with the 1868 Charles Dickens Edition]
The Endings in Great Expectations
PART II. GREAT EXPECTATIONS: A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM
A Critical History of Great Expectations
Psychoanalytic Criticism and Great Expectations
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective
Peter Brooks, Repetition, Repression, and Return: The Plotting of Great Expectations
Deconstruction and Great Expectations
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
Deconstructive and Postcolonial Perspectives
Edward W. Said, Two Commentaries on Great Expectations: From Deconstruction to Postcolonialism
Feminist Criticism and Great Expectations
What Is Feminissst Criticism?
Feminist Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective
Hilary Schor, "If He Should Turn to and Beat Her": Violence, Desire, and the Woman's Story in Great Expectations
Gender Criticism and Great Expectations
What Is Gender Criticism?
Gender Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Perspective on Gender and Sexuality
William A. Cohen, Manual Conduct in Great Expectations
Cultural Criticism and Great Expectations
What Is Cultural Criticism?
Cultual Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Cultural Perspective
Jay Clayton, Is Pip Postmodern? Or, Dickens at the End of the Twentieth Century
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors