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Contexts for Criticism, 4/e
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Contexts for Criticism, 4/e

Donald Keesey, San Jose State University


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Chapter 1: Historical Criticism I: Author as Context
Chapter 2: Formal Criticism: Poem as Context
Chapter 3: Reader-Response Criticism: Audience as Context
Chapter 4: Mimetic Criticism: Reality as Context
Chapter 5: Intertextual Criticism: Literature as Context
Chapter 6: Poststructural Criticism: Language as Context
Chapter 7: Historical Criticism II: Culture as Context
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The purpose of Contexts for Criticism is to help readers discover the fundamental issues of literary interpretation. The text includes three complete works: Keats’s "Ode on a Grecian Urn," Melville's Benito Cereno, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper.
These texts--plus Shakespeare's The Tempest--are examined through seven fundamental critical theories: Historical (Author as Context and Culture as Context), Formal, Reader-Response, Mimetic, Intertextual, and Poststructural.