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Learning for a diverse world: using critical theory to read and write about literature
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ISBN: 9780815337744 0815337736 0815337744 Year: 2001 Publisher: New York, N.Y. Routledge

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Critical theory today : a user-friendly guide
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ISBN: 9780415974103 0415974100 0415974097 9780415974097 Year: 2006 Publisher: New York (N.Y.) : Routledge,

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This new edition of the classic guide offers a thorough and accessible introduction to contemporary critical theory. It provides in-depth coverage of the most common approaches to literary analysis today: feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, reader-response theory, new criticism, structuralism and semiotics, deconstruction, new historicism, cultural criticism, lesbian/gay/queer theory, African-American criticism, and postcolonial criticism. The chapters provide an extended explanation of each theory, using examples from everyday life, popular culture, and literary texts; a list of specific questions critics who use that theory ask about literary texts; an interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby 'through the lens of each theory; a list of questions for further practice to guide readers in applying each theory to different literary works; and a bibliography of primary and secondary works for further reading. This book can be used as the only text in a course or as a precursor to the studyof primary theoretical works. It motivates readers by showing them what critical theory can offer in terms of their practical understanding of literary texts and in terms of their personal understanding of themselves and the world in which they live. Both engaging and rigorous, it is a "how-to" book for undergraduate and graduate students new to critical theory and for college professors who want to broaden their repertoire of critical approaches to literature.

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Psychological politics of the American dream : the commodification of subjectivity in twentieth-century American literature
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ISBN: 0814206263 Year: 1994 Publisher: Columbus Ohio State University Press


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Using critical theory : how to read and write about literature
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ISBN: 1283462451 9786613462459 0203805097 1136645683 Year: 2011 Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge,

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Explaining both why theory is important and how to use it, Lois Tyson introduces beginning students of literature to this often daunting area in a friendly and approachable style.

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