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Table of Contents
About the Series
About This Volume
PART I. "THE SECRET SHARER": THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Context
The Complete Text [1924 Doubleday Edition]
PART II. "THE SECRET SHARER": A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM
A Critical History of "The Secret Sharer"
Psychoanalytic Criticism and "The Secret Sharer"
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Daniel R. Schwarz, "The Secret Sharer" as and Act of Memory
Reader-Response Criticism and "The Secret Sharer"
What Is Reader-Response Criticism?
Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Reader-Response Perspective:
James Phelan, Sharing Secrets
New Historicism and "The Secret Sharer"
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
Michael Levenson, Secret History in "The Secret Sharer"
Feminist and Gender Criticism and "The Secret Sharer"
What Are Feminist and Gender Criticism?
Feminist and Gender Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
Bonnie Kime Scott, Intimacies Engendered in Conrad's "The Secret Sharer"
Deconstruction and "The Secret Sharer"
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructive Perspective:
J. Hillis Miller, Sharing Secrets
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors