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Published: 10 February 2010

464 Pages | 30 black-and-white halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195394726

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A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature

Sixth Edition

Wilfred Guerin, Earle Labor, Lee Morgan, Jeanne Reesman, and John Willingham

Ranging from traditional approaches to the most contemporary perspectives, such as feminist and gender studies, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies, A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature offers readers a variety of clearly articulated approaches to interpreting literature. This thoroughly updated sixth edition applies these diverse approaches to the same six classic works--"To His Coy Mistress," "Young Goodman Brown," "Everyday Use," Hamlet, Huckleberry Finn, and Frankenstein--in a way proven to elicit student analysis by enriching their response to and understanding of the individual works and critical theory. (Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress," Nathaniel Hawthorne's story "Young Goodman Brown," and Alice Walker's story "Everyday Use" are included in full within this volume.)

New to this Edition:

  • Three new chapters--Materialisms (Chapter 4), Literature and Linguistics (Chapter 5), and Postcolonial Studies (Chapter 10)--present some of the latest theory and criticism, including ecocriticism, Literary Darwinism, third-wave feminism, and black maternal theory, as well as expansion of foundational topics such as Marxism
  • Expanded discussions of film and visual texts link analysis of images--such as Velázquez's Las Meniñas (front cover) and Picasso's interpretations of this painting--to analysis of literature
  • Summaries of key points at chapter ends reinforce concepts
  • A glossary of literary terms (boldfaced at their first appearance in each chapter) helps students master and apply these terms in criticism
  • Updated Quick Reference sections at chapter ends reflect the latest research
  • A companion website ( features essay assignments, self-tests, PowerPoint presentations, and helpful links