How To Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies

Paperback | July 28, 2014

byParker, Robert Dale

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Offering a refreshing combination of accessibility and intellectual rigor, How to Interpret Literature presents an up-to-date, concise, and wide-ranging historicist survey of contemporary thinking in critical theory. The only book of its kind that thoroughly merges literary studies withcultural studies, this text provides a critical look at the major movements in literary studies since the 1930s, including those often omitted from other texts. It is also the only up-to-date survey of literary theory that devotes extensive treatment to Queer Theory and Postcolonial and RaceStudies. How to Interpret Literature is ideal as a stand-alone text or in conjunction with an anthology of primary readings such as Robert Dale Parker's Critical Theory: A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies.

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Offering a refreshing combination of accessibility and intellectual rigor, How to Interpret Literature presents an up-to-date, concise, and wide-ranging historicist survey of contemporary thinking in critical theory. The only book of its kind that thoroughly merges literary studies withcultural studies, this text provides a critical lo...

Robert Dale Parker is James M. Benson Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Introduction2. New CriticismBefore New CriticismHow to Interpret: Key Concepts for New Critical InterpretationHistoricizing the New Criticism: Rethinking Literary UnityThe Intentional Fallacy and the Affective FallacyHow to Interpret: A New Critical ExampleThe Influence of New CriticismFurther Reading3. StructuralismKey Concepts in StructuralismHow to Interpret: Structuralism in Cultural and Literary StudiesThe Death of the AuthorHow to Interpret: The Detective NovelStructuralism, Formalism, and Literary HistoryThe Structuralist Study of Narrative: NarratologyHow to Interpret: Focalization and Free Indirect DiscourseNarrative Syntax, and Metaphor and MetonymyFurther Reading4. DeconstructionKey Concepts in DeconstructionHow to Interpret: A Deconstructionist ExampleWriting, Speech, and DifferanceDeconstruction beyond DerridaDeconstruction, Essentialism, and IdentityHow to Interpret: Further Deconstructionist ExamplesFurther Reading5. PsychoanalysisClinical PsychoanalysisKey Concepts in Psychoanalysis: The Psychoanalytic Understanding of the MindSigmund FreudHow to Interpret: Models of Psychoanalytic InterpretationFrom the Interpretation of Dreams to the Interpretation of LiteratureHow to Interpret: Further Psychoanalytic ExamplesJacques LacanHow to Interpret: A Lacanian ExampleFurther Reading6. FeminismWhat Is FeminismEarly Feminist CriticismSex and GenderFeminismsHow to Interpret: Feminist ExamplesFeminism and Visual PleasureIntersectionality and the Interdisciplinary Ethos of Contemporary FeminismFurther Reading7. Queer StudiesKey Concepts in Queer StudiesHow to Interpret: A Queer Studies ExampleQueer Studies and HistoryOuting: Writers, Characters, and the Literary ClosetHomosociality and Homosexual PanicQueer of Color CritiqueHow to Interpret: Another Queer Studies ExampleQuestions that Queer Studies Critics AskFurther Reading8. MarxismKey Concepts in MarxismLukacs, Gramsci, and Marxist Interpretations of CultureContemporary Marxism, Ideology, and AgencyHow to Interpret: An Example from Popular CultureHow to Interpret: Further Marxist ExamplesFurther Reading9. Historicism and Cultural StudiesNew HistoricismHow to Interpret: Historicist ExamplesMichel FoucaultCultural StudiesHow to Interpret: A Cultural Studies ExampleCultural Studies, Historicism, and LiteratureFurther Reading10. Postcolonial and Race StudiesPostcolonialismFrom Orientalism to Deconstruction: Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, and Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakHow to Interpret: A Postcolonial Studies ExampleRace StudiesHow to Interpret: Postcolonial and Race Studies ExamplesFurther Reading12. Recent and Emerging Developments: Ecocriticism and Disability StudiesWorks CitedPhotographic CreditsIndex