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A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  326 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Greatly enlarged and updated, the third edition of this highly successful survey of literary theory and applied criticism offers substantical new chapters on feminist approaches and on structuralism, post-structuralism and deconstruction, and new sections on hermeneutics, dialogics, Marxist criticism, the new historicism, and reader response. The editors have also substant ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published December 30th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published July 1st 1966)
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Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for fun! :) haha... not!
I'm currently taking Literature criticism *super fun stuff. This is only the first textbook we're going to cover! Therefore, you can only imagine how happy i am these days... But, nonetheless, this book is very educational, and informative among other things.
J.J. Rodeo
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criticism
به باور من ادبیات به خودی خود ارزشمند نیست و تنها در صورتی فایده دارد که موجب تفریح و لذت شود. اگر بخواهم چیزی یاد بگیرم، به منابع علمی و اگر بخواهم نصیحت شوم، به کتاب های فلسفه اخلاق رجوع می کنم. البته به عنوان یک نویسنده نوپا، گاهی برخی آثار ادبی را می خوانم تا از کامیابی و شکست نویسندگان دیگر، چیز یاد بگیرم. به هر حال رسالتی برای ادبیات قائل نیستم.
نقد ادبی اگر بخواهد ادبیات را برای من جدی تر کند و از تفریح خارج کند، به دردم نمی خورد. اما اگر بخواهد به من یاد بدهد که راز مفرح بودن داستان های
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book was pretty much useful specially for its part of "in practice" in each sections....This book with the one by Bressler are definitely the best ones for learning and understanding Literary Criticism
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتابی بود که برای منی که حتی تخصصم ادبیات نیست خوندنی بود. نقدهایی که در مورد گودمن مطرح شده در این کتاب دیوانه وار دوست داشتنی هست. از این ها گذشته از ترجمه ی روان خانم طاهری هم نباید گذشت. توصیه میکنم به همه
Oct 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Always question everything. There is nothing absolute in this world but the fact that this world is socially or culturally constructed, and since it is merely a construction, you will always be able to deconstruct it. Are the whites the superior ones? Are male better than female? Read this handbook and it will open your window to a better perspective in viewing life, which broadly captured in literary works.
منبع غنیای برای گسترش علم و دانش ادبی هر خوانندهی مشتاق

کتاب دارای شش فصل است.

در پنج فصل،توضیح مبانی ونقد در چهار اثر ادبی پیاده میشود

به معشوق عشوهسازش-هملت-گودمن براون جوان-ماجراهای هاکلبری فین

فصل ششم هم به توضیح چند مدل نقد جدید میپردازد.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: Thompson
Shelves: informative
This book is really interesting to use in order to understand many of the different literary approaches. I like how they use six different works (Hamlet, Frankenstein, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, "Everyday Use", "Young Goodman Brown", and "To His Coy Mistress") to help explain the literary approaches. Having the textbook provide some of the examples really helped me understand how to apply the literary approaches.
This is a practical, readable, and balanced book on literary criticism. Considering how few books on literary criticism can claim even one of those adjectives, it deserves recognition. The chapters are generally well organized, save for the odd grouping under "Materialisms." It contains practical applications of many of the theories, although is thinner on some of them than others. However, its practice of using the same six texts (three included and the other three highly familiar) for analysis ...more
Skylar Burris
Dec 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, criticism
A good overview of the various schools of literary criticism, including the historical/ biographical, psychological (Freudian, Jungian, etc.), deconstructionist, and formalist, among others. It will help you to understand the different ways critics approach literature and the presuppositions form which they come; it will also give you tools for analyzing literature in different ways. It offers concrete examples of the approaches as applied to selections of literature, so you can see how they "lo ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't read the entire thing, just various excerpts for classes but I gotta say I love the way this is written - the formalists chapter starts with application of the approach and that really helps to grasp how formalism works. And so on. I really dig that this isn't just a dry theory, but the examples help the reader to understand it.
I have read a LOT of theoretical papers and works about literary criticism and interpretation and so far this one is the most helpful and easiest to understand.
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent presentation of literary criticism through the ages. If you want to improve your reading and are serious about it, this book provides you with a detailed explanation of how to do it. Written with an academician's flair, don't let the heady terminology prevent you from continuing. For me, it was like going to graduate school all over again- a joy!
Jun 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college
This book was very important to my English degree background. As a college freshmen, I took a course where we examined one text for the course and looked at in through various lenses. This book helped me to learn all the different critcal approaches, particularly my favorite the archtypal. I often wish that my freshmen were ready for me to teach this to them.
Elaine Balliet
An excellent guide for applying theoretical, critical approaches to Literature. Formalism is covered, as well as Postcolonial Theory, Structuralism, Marxism, Feminism, and others. Recommended!

Aug 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
I learned nothing. This was for school and it sucked, but I tried really hard to pretend I like it and I think that might actually come off well when my teacher reads my annotations in English. But I still learned nothing.
ArEzO.... Es
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
مباني نقد ادبي
كتابي ست از ويلفرد گرين از دانشگاه لوئيزيانا
لي مورگان و ارل ليبر و جان ويلينگهم از دانشگاه كانزاس
1 ماهيت و حوزه شيوه هاي سنتي
2كاربرد شيوه هاي سنتي
3شيوه شكل مدارانه
شيوه روانشناختي
Sep 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a textbook for a class about literary theory. It was extremely helpful, and for the most part coherent. However, there were a few chapters that I had to read several times before I fully understood them.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-reading
school read. fascinating, informative, instructive.
Fatemeh Beygi
نقد اسطوره شناسی و نمایه و روان شناختی رو خیلی دوست داشتم.یکی از بهترین مرجع ها در مورد این موضوع همین کتابه.
Oct 19, 2007 added it
You don't think I read this for fun, do you? x_______x
Purchased for a class, rarely used--professor had us read other critical essays instead, because he disagreed with this author's explanation of the different critical methods/theories.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: required-reading
Far too jargon-laden to make an effective textbook.
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