A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature by Wilfred L. Guerin

A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature

byWilfred L. Guerin, Earle Labor, Lee Morgan

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A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature, Sixth Edition, offers a valuable combination of theory and practice, introducing and applying the most useful contemporary approaches. Thoroughly updated and revised for this edition, the text presents a variety of ways to interpret a work,ranging from historical/biographical and moral/philosophical to feminisms and cultural studies. It applies these diverse approaches to the same six classic works - "To His Coy Mistress," "Young Goodman Brown," "Everyday Use," Hamlet, Huckleberry Finn, and Frankenstein-showing how each approachproduces different types of insights.

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Wilfred L. Guerin is Professor Emeritus of English at Louisiana State University. Earle Labor is George A. Wilson Professor of American Literature at Centenary College. Lee Morgan is Professor Emeritus of English at Centenary College. Jeanne C. Reesman is Ashbel Smith Professor of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The...

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Title:A Handbook of Critical Approaches to LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.1 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:November 2, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Getting Started: The Precritical ResponseI. SettingII. PlotIII. CharacterIV. StructureV. StyleVI. AtmosphereVII. Theme2. Traditional ApproachesI. First, a Note on Traditional ApproachesII. First Things First: Textual Scholarship, Genres, and Source StudyA. Textual Scholarship: Do We Have an Accurate Version of What We Are Studying?1. General Observations2. Text Study in PracticeB. Matters of Genre: What Are We Dealing With?1. An Overview of Genre2. Genre Characteristics in PracticeC. Source Study: Did Earlier Writings Help this Work Come into Being?III. Historical and Biographical ApproachesA. General ObservationsB. Historical and Biographical Approaches in Practice1. "To His Coy Mistress"2. Hamlet3. Huckleberry Finn4. "Young Goodman Brown"5. "Everyday Use"6. FrankensteinIV. Moral and Philosophical ApproachesA. General ObservationsB. Moral and Philosophical Approaches in Practice1. "To His Coy Mistress"2. Hamlet3. Huckleberry Finn4. "Young Goodman Brown"5. "Everyday Use"6. FrankensteinV. Summary of Key PointsVI. Limitations of Traditional Approaches3. The Formalist ApproachI. The Process of Formalist Analysis: Making the Close ReaderII. A Brief Overview of Formalist CriticismA. The Course of Half a CenturyB. Backgrounds of Formalist TheoryC. The "New Criticism"D. Reader-Response Criticism: A ReactionIII. Constants of the Formalist Approach: Some Key Concepts, Terms, and DevicesA. Form and Organic FormB. Texture, Image, SymbolC. FallaciesD. Point of ViewE. The Speaker's VoiceF. "But they're priceless!" Material versus Exchange Value in "Everyday Use"VII. Summary of Key PointsVIII. Limitations of Materialist Approaches5. Literature and LinguisticsI. Structuralism and Post-structuralism, Including DeconstructionA. Structuralism: Contexts and DefinitionsB. The Linguistics ModelC. Russian Formalism: Extending SaussureD. Structuralism, Levi-Strauss, and SemioticsE. French Structuralism: Coding and DecodingF. British and American InterpretersG. Post-Structuralism, DeconstructionII. DialogicsIII. Linguistic Approaches in PracticeA. Deconstructing "To His Coy Mistress"B. The Deep Structure of HamletC. Language and Discourse in FrankensteinD. Huck and Jim: Dialogic PartnersE. "Speak of the Devil!": The Sermon in "Young Goodman Brown"F. "Asalamalakim!" Linguistic Distortion in "Everyday Use"IV. Summary of Key PointsV. Limitations of Linguistic Approaches6. The Psychological Approach: FreudI. Aims and PrinciplesA. Abuses and Misunderstandings of the Psychological ApproachB. Freud's TheoriesC. Other TheoriesII. The Psychological Approach in PracticeA. Hamlet: the Oedipus ComplexB. Rebellion Against the Father in Huckleberry FinnC. Prometheus Manque: The Monster UnboundD. "Young Goodman Brown": Id over SuperegoE. Sexual Imagery in "To His Coy Mistress"F. Morality Principle Over Pleasure Principle in "Everyday Use"III. Summary of Key PointsIV. Other Possibilities and Limitations of the Psychological Approach7. Mythological and Archetypal ApproachesI. Definitions and MisconceptionsII. Some Examples of ArchetypesA. ImagesB. Archetypal Motifs or PatternsC. Archetypes as GenresIII. Myth Criticism in PracticeA. Anthropology and Its Uses1. The Sacrificial Hero: Hamlet2. Archetypes of Time and Immortality: "To His Coy Mistress"B. Jungian Psychology and Its Archetypal Insights1. Some Special Archetypes: Shadow, Persona, and Anima2. "Young Goodman Brown": A Failure of Individuation3. Creator or Creator: Who is the Real Monster in Frankenstein?4. Syntheses of Jung and AnthropologyC. Myth Criticism and the American Dream: Huckleberry Finn as the American AdamD. "Everyday Use": The Great [Grand]MotherIV. Summary of Key PointsV. Limitations of Myth Criticism8. Feminisms and Gender StudiesI. Feminisms and Feminist Literary Criticism: DefinitionsII. First-, Second-, and Third-Wave FeminismsIII. The Literary Woman: Created or Constructed?A. Feminism and PsychoanalysisB. Feminists of ColorC. Marxist and Materialist FeminismsD. Feminist Film StudiesIV. Gender StudiesV. Feminisms and Gender Studies in PracticeA. The Marble Vault: The Mistress in "To His Coy Mistress"B. Frailty, Thy Name Is Hamlet: Hamlet and WomenC. "The Workshop of Filthy Creation": Men and Women in Frankenstein1. Mary and Percy, Author and Editor2. Masculinity and Femininity in the Frankenstein Family3. "I Am Thy Creature. . ."D. Men, Women, and the Loss of Faith in "Young Goodman Brown"E. Women and "Sivilization" in Huckleberry FinnF. "In Real Life": Recovering the Feminine Past in "Everyday Use"VI. Summary of Key PointsVII. The Future of Feminist and Gender Studies: Some Problems and Limitations9. Cultural StudiesI. What Is (or Are) Cultural Studies?II. United States Ethnic StudiesA. African American WritersB. Latina/o WritersC. Native American LiteraturesD. Asian American WritersIII. Postmodernism and Popular CultureA. PostmodernismB. Popular CultureIV. Cultural Studies in PracticeA. Two Characters in Hamlet: Marginalization with a VengeanceB. "To His Coy Mistress": Implied CultureC. From Paradise Lost to Frank-N-Furter: The Creature Lives!1. Revolutionary Births2. "A Race of Devils"3. The Frankenpheme in Popular Culture: Fiction, Drama, Film, TelevisionD. A Postmodern Goodman BrownE. "Telling the Truth, Mainly": Huck and Twain as TrickstersF. Cultures in Conflict: A Story Looks at Cultural ChangeV. Summary of Key PointsVI. Limitations of Cultural Studies10. Postcolonial StudiesI. Postcolonialism: DefinitionsII. Some Key FiguresIII. Postcolonial Critical PracticesA. Seventeenth-Century English Colonization and "To His Coy Mistress"B. Hamlet: Postcolonial AdaptationsC. Frankenstein: Are There Any New Worlds?D. Jim's Superstitions in Huckleberry FinnE. Salem: A City Upon a Hill?F. The End of an Era: "Everyday Use"IV. Summary of Key PointsV. Limitations of Postcolonial StudiesEpilogueAppendix A: Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"Appendix B: Nathaniel Hawthorne, "Young Goodman Brown"Appendix C: Alice Walker, "Everyday Use"Glossary of Literary TermsBibilographyIndex