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Literary theories : a case study in critical performance

Author: Julian Wolfreys; William Baker; Richard Jefferies
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 1996.
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Every student of literature needs to understand how to use literary theory to analyze and interpret the text. In Literary Theories Julian Wolfreys and William Baker challenge the outdated notion that theory is something separable from the act of reading itself. Maintaining that the best way to learn is through practical application, the editors have assembled a volume of essays that plunges the student into the  Read more...
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Named Person: Richard Jefferies; Richard Jefferies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Wolfreys; William Baker; Richard Jefferies
ISBN: 0814712940 9780814712948 0814712932 9780814712931
OCLC Number: 34752073
Notes: Casebook edition of Richard Jefferies' previously unpublished short story, "Snowed up," with essays chosen to represent various critical theories.
Description: xi, 259 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: 'Snowed up: a mistletoe story' / Richard Jefferies --
Biography of Jefferies and a note on the manuscript / David Blomfield and William Baker --
'Snowed up': a structuralist reading / Julian Cowley --
Snow me again: a poststructuralist narratology of 'Snowed up' / Mark Currie --
Does Edie count?: a psychoanalytic perspective on 'Snowed up' / Jill Barker --
'Snowed up: a mistletoe story': feminist approaches / Ruth Robbins --
Agriculture and anarchy: a Marxist reading of 'Snowed up' / Jessica Maynard --
Power and its representations: a new historicist reading of Richard Jefferies' 'Snowed up' / John Brannigan --
An 'economics' of snow and the blank page, or, 'writing' at the 'margins': 'deconstructing' 'Richard Jefferies' / Julian Wolfreys.
Responsibility: edited by Julian Wolfreys and William Baker.
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Every student of literature needs to understand how to use literary theory to analyze and interpret the text. In Literary Theories Julian Wolfreys and William Baker challenge the outdated notion that theory is something separable from the act of reading itself. Maintaining that the best way to learn is through practical application, the editors have assembled a volume of essays that plunges the student into the midst of a range of critical readings. Each essay in the book explores a previously unpublished short story by Richard Jefferies, also included in the volume, from a different theoretical perspective, thereby presenting students with New Historicist, Marxist, feminist, structuralist, post-structuralist, psychoanalytic, and Derridean methods of analysis and interpretation. Cogently argued and lucidly written, these essays offer the student reader an interactive introduction to the ways in which contemporary literary theories challenge us to rethink the acts of reading, writing, and interpretation.

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