Close Reading: The Reader

Close Reading: The Reader

By: Andrew DuBois (editor), Frank Lentricchia (editor)Hardback

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An anthology of exemplary readings by some of the twentieth century's foremost literary critics, Close Reading presents a wide range of responses to the question at the heart of literary criticism: how best to read a text to understand its meaning. The lively introduction and the selected essays provide an overview of close reading from New Criticism through poststructuralism, including works of feminist criticism, postcolonial theory, queer theory, new historicism, and more. From a 1938 essay by John Crowe Ransom through the work of contemporary scholars, Close Reading highlights the interplay between critics-the ways they respond to and are influenced by others' works. To facilitate comparisons of methodology, the collection includes discussions of the same primary texts by scholars using different critical approaches. The essays focus on Hamlet, "Lycidas," "The Rape of the Lock," Ulysses, Invisible Man, Beloved, Jane Austen, John Keats, and Wallace Stevens and reveal not only what the contributors are reading, but also how they are reading. Frank Lentricchia and Andrew DuBois's collection is an essential tool for teaching the history and practice of close reading. Contributors. Houston A. Baker Jr., Roland Barthes, Homi Bhabha, R. P. Blackmur, Cleanth Brooks, Kenneth Burke, Paul de Man, Andrew DuBois, Stanley Fish, Catherine Gallagher, Sandra Gilbert, Stephen Greenblatt, Susan Gubar, Fredric Jameson, Murray Krieger, Frank Lentricchia, Franco Moretti, John Crowe Ransom, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Helen Vendler

About Author

Frank Lentricchia is Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of Literature at Duke University and author of numerous books including After the New Criticism, Ariel and the Police, and Modernist Quartet. His novel Lucchesi and The Whale and his collection Introducing Don DeLillo are published by Duke University Press. Andrew DuBois is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and American Language and Literature at Harvard University. Andrew DuBois is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and American Language and Literature at Harvard University.


Preface ix Introduction / Andrew DuBois 1 I. Formalism (Plus) Poetry: A Note on Ontology / John Crowe Ransom 43 Keats's Sylvan Historian: History Without Footnotes / Cleanth Brooks 61 Symbolic Action in a Poem by Keats / Kenneth Burke 72 The Ekphrastic Principle and the Still Movement of Poetry; or Laokoon Revisited / Murray Krieger 88 Examples of Wallace Stevens / R. P. Blackmur 111 How to Do Things with Wallace Stevens / Frank Lentricchia 136 Stevens and Keats's "To Autumn" / Helen Vendler 156 "Lycidas": A Poem Finally Anonymous / Stanley Fish 175 After Formalism? Literary History and Literary Modernity / Paul de Man 197 Acts of Cultural Criticism / Roland Barthes 216 Nostalgia for the Present / Fredric Jameson 226 The Mousetrap / Catherine Gallagher and Stephen Greenblatt 243 Jane Austen's Cover Story (And Its Secret Agents) / Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar 272 Jane Austen and the Masturbating Girl / Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick 301 Ulysses and the Twentieth Century / Franco Maretti 321 To Move Without Moving: An Analysis of Creativity and Commerce in Ralph Ellison's Trueblood Episode / Houston A. Baker Jr. 337 The World and the Home / Homi K. Bhabhi 366 Contributors 381 Acknowledgment of Copyrights 385 Index 387

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822330264
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 408
  • ID: 9780822330264
  • ISBN10: 0822330261

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