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Texts and Contexts: Writing About Literature with Critical Theory

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Paperback, Third Edition
Published October 10th 2000 by Longman (first published January 1st 1997)
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Karl Steel
Dec 21, 2007 Karl Steel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students assigned it, new profs looking for pedagogical tips
Lynn steers past the shoals that sunk my pedagogical interest in the Guide for the Perplexed lit theory survey, first, by providing clear examples of how each school of thought reads, and by anticipating objections to the weirdness and political engagement (or at least pretensions to political engagement) of each of these schools. His section on Freud, for example, congenially (which is the tone, throughout) explains that the concept of penis envy "continues even today to drive people up a wall. ...more
We read through this whole book for my Lit Crit class. I thought it did a fairly nice job of summarizing all the different types of literary criticism and I enjoyed the random cartoons throughout the book. I also thought it was funny because the tone of voice for the book was very casual and sounded a lot like my teacher, which is probably why he picked it for our course reading. I'd only recommend if you were interested in this subject.

*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogs
I have read most of this book now. PAINFUL would be a good way to describe it. I am still will be using it until I finish my BYU writing class. Painful, would be another way to describe this class. The only thing keeping me going in this writing class is that I will get to do lots more history classes after this.

I know that just because something is painful it doesn't mean that it isn't good for me. So I keep repeating, "Taking this class is good for me," over and over.
mid-level undergraduate primer that lays down basic concepts for several schools of literary interpretation: romanticism, formalism, historicism, structuralism & post-structuralism, psychologism, feminism, &c. (the edition that I had in school relegated Marxism to a footnote.)

probably good for its intended task of preparing the student for more detailed study of literary theory. best part is the trippy illustrations.
Texts and Contexts is a very accessible, often fun, survey of critical schools in literary thought. Lynn employs whimsical drawings, a travel metaphor, and excellent step by step examples, which are all very helpful. I read it for a class, but I would suggest it to anyone wondering about the ways that we view literature within modern, post modern, and contemporary thought.
May 04, 2012 Erin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Wasn't able to finish this before the end of the semester, though I did read the assigned sections and therefore ended up reading most of the book. Hopefully I'll get to finish it up at some point, since it was a good introduction to literary theory, especially for someone like me who had never been in that type of class before.
This text was not as useful to me as Guerin's text. I am not sure if that is because I was already familiar with Guerin's by the time I was required to read this or because Guerin's was just better.
Kristyn Hammond
Oct 02, 2008 Kristyn Hammond rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: writers, English students, professors, critics
An excellent discussion on the writing process as it pertains to the various critical theories.
Marilyn Anderson
It was hard to get through, but it was interesting. I had to read it for AP English IV
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