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Unformatted text preview: TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Why You Should Read this Book How to Use this Book SECTION I. LISTING AND BRIEF ACCOUNT OF PRINCIPAL CRITICAL APPROACHES TO LITERATURE A. Visual representation of key critical approaches an annotated poem B. Brief listing of the following approaches, with their key features and guiding principles: CHART Text *formalism: new criticism, structuralism and deconstruction Mind *biographical *psychological *mythological *reader response World *historical *new historicist *Marxist *feminist/gender c. Illustration of selected approaches in action on sample text. SECTION II: DIFFERENT GENRES AND HOW TO READ THEM: THE FAMILY TREE OF LITERATURE A. Introduction to Section II: [This section answers the questions: How may we classify literature? and Why is helpful for the critic to recognize genre and mode?] B. Chart of GENRES AND MODES 1 C The Major Genres and How to Read Them--Fiction--Nonfiction--Poetry--Drama SECTION III AN ANTHOLOGY OF CRITICAL APPROACHES: EXPLANATION AND APPLICATION Text *formalism:--New Criticism--structuralism + study questions at end of each section--deconstruction Mind *biographical *psychological *Jungian/myth criticism + study questions at end of each section *reader-response World *historical *new historicist + study questions at end of each section *Marxist *feminist/gender SECTION IV NEW AND EMERGING MEDIA [Purpose of section is to answer the questions: What are the literatures of the new media? Should we interpret them differently from conventional texts?] *define and illustrate new media in literature: Blogs, E-zines, Hypertext, E-books *brief discussion of useful interpretive approaches *examples and illustrations __________________________________________________ Index Bibliography 2 INTRODUCTION Why you should read this book This book will help you to enjoy your reading more. It will enable you to get the text poem, play, short story, novel, essay--- to tell you what it means. This book will help you to extract as much meaning as possible from poems, plays, short stories, novels, essays and weird hybrid forms. This book will help you most when you are bored, puzzled, or exasperated by a text. It will also help you to explain your extravagant and hysterical delight in terms which mere mortals will be able to understand. It will allow you to hold your own in an argument about what the poem du jour -in your college literature class-- really (really) means. This book will make it clear to you that understanding and enjoying literature isnt a mystery, or something granted to only a few special people -such as English teachers and the one person in the class who always gets an Abut to anyone who takes the time to think about the many different ways a poem or a novel or play might convey its meaning. Different people (ok, different literary critics) make different assumptions about how literature works and about whats important. Like P.T. Barnum, youll agree with how literature works and about whats important....
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