|Bibliography, etc. Note:
|| Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:
|| Getting started: the precritical response -- First things first: textual scholarship, genres, and source study -- Historical and biographical approaches -- Moral and philosophical approaches -- The formalist approach -- The psychological approach: Freud -- Mythological and archetypal approaches -- Feminisms and gender studies -- Cultural studies -- The play of meaning(s): reader-response criticism, dialogics and structuralism and poststructuralism, including deconstruction.
|| "Now in its fifth edition, A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature has become both a standard introduction to the close reading of literature and an invaluable resource for English graduate students. It offers students and other readers a variety of ways to interpret a piece of literature, ranging from historical/biographical and moral/philosophical approaches through the formalist, the psychological, the mythic and archetypal, and into such contemporary perspectives as feminist criticism and cultural studies."--BOOK JACKET.