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Re: Lit. Crit. Textbook
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2068  Friday, 10 November 2000.

[1]     From:   Hugh Grady <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Nov 2000 11:41:11 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook

[2]     From:   Monica Chesnoiu <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Nov 2000 10:43:56 -0600
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[3]     From:   Christopher Warley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 09 Nov 2000 16:17:04 -500
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[4]     From:   Maijan H. Al-Ruwaili <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Nov 2000 00:37:26 +0300
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[5]     From:   Walter Cannon <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Nov 2000 15:40:34 -0600
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[6]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Friday, November 10, 2000
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From:           Hugh Grady <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Nov 2000 11:41:11 -0500
Subject: 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook

As a descriptive account (rather than anthology of excerpts) for
introducing critical theory clearly and knowledgeably, I recommend Peter
Barry, "Beginning Theory: An Into. to Literary and Cultural Theory"
(Manchester Univ. Press, 1995).

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From:           Monica Chesnoiu <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Nov 2000 10:43:56 -0600
Subject: 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook

Responding to Abdulla Al-Dabbagh:

A useful study on current critical practices:
REDRAWING THE BOUNDARIES, ed. by Stephen Greenblatt and Giles Gunn (New
York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1992).

An anthology containing key texts in literary theory (Nietzsche,
Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, Kristeva, Greenblatt, Sinfield, etc):
LITERARY THEORY: AN ANTHOLOGY, ed. by Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan
(Oxford: Blackwell, 1998).

Best,
Monica Matei Chesnoiu

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From:           Christopher Warley <
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Date:           Thursday, 09 Nov 2000 16:17:04 -500
Subject: 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook

Norton has an anthology of theory coming out soon, if it isn't out
already.  The Norton rep gave me a xerox of the table of contents, which
naturally I no longer have to hand.  But I remember that, quibbles
aside, it was relatively good and would seem to fill the void that you
have discovered.  I hope it doesn't cost too much.

Sorry I can't be more specific, but I'll bet a Norton salesperson can...

Christopher Warley
Assistant Professor of English
Oakland University

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From:           Maijan H. Al-Ruwaili <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Nov 2000 00:37:26 +0300
Subject: 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook

azard Adams, Literary Theory Since Plato, the second edition covers the
most recent texts.

For concentration on the contemporary, I do recommend:

Robert Con Davis and Ronald Schleifer, eds. *Contemporary Literary
Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies.* Third Edition. Longman:
London and New York, 1994.

Maijan

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Date:           Thursday, 9 Nov 2000 15:40:34 -0600
Subject: 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook

A good text with the most coherent theoretical structure I've seen, good
historical introductions to the various "schools," good theoretical
essays that represent the various positions, and a series of
"application essays" that focus on The Tempest, the Intimations Ode, and
The Awakening, is Donald Keesey's *Contexts for Criticism* (Mayfield
1998).  I've used this text in an undergraduate criticism course for a
number of years with success.

W. Cannon

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Friday, November 10, 2000
Subject: 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2060 A Lit. Crit. Textbook

I too recommend Keesey, Adams, and Davis and Schleifer, all of which I
have used productively in a variety of contexts.

To this list, I would add David H. Richter's *Falling Into Theory:
Conflicting Views on Reading Literature*. Second edition. (Bedford/St.
Martin's, 2000). This provocative collection is appropriate for graduate
or advanced undergraduate students.
 

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