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Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice (5th Edition) Paperback – October 31, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0205791699 ISBN-10: 0205791697 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5th edition (October 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205791697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205791699
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lux and the Machinist on March 15, 2014
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The Good: Bressler provides great coverage of Deconstruction and excepts from Derrida that illuminate historical context and help to show the reader how the development and implementation of Deconstruction paved the way for later theories such as Feminist theory and Queer theory. (Unfortunately Bressler doesn't make this connection explicitly and it's left to the reader to make these connections.) Bressler also gives a fairly basic and easy to understand overview of Russian Formalism and New Criticism which seem to be the most commonly taught literary criticism techniques in high school English classes.

The Bad: This book absolutely fails in its coverage of Feminist Theory and Queer Theory. While the previous chapters were composed of full pages of text, historical information, and suggestions for applying the particular theory at hand to a text, both the Feminist theory and Queer theory chapters have TWO AND A HALF pages of short quotes from a variety of figures rather than in depth coverage of the theory itself! These quotes are a collection that Bressler presumably thought applied to their respective theories but in no way help the reader to understand underlying assumptions of the theories or how to apply the theories.

Conclusion: I was really looking forward to this text (despite the hefty price tag) because it included chapters on contemporary theoretical orientations such as Feminist theory, Queer theory, and Ecocriticism. However, these chapters offer at best cursory coverage providing a few historical sketches of important figures but do not delve into the underpinnings of the literary analysis techniques.
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Interesting chapters in this book. Informative reading. It could have been better. It included topics such as femist criticism, african american theory, new and old criticism, gay & lesbian, and some others.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miaonny on June 13, 2014
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The book is ok, but it's poor when it comes to web references. It covers web citations, but shows no examples of web quotes. This is a prolific problem everywhere. Try looking up web quote examples, and you only get citation examples. Very frustrating and I feel that my money wasn't wisely spent when I got this book as I was trying to avoid having this problem in the first place.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meisha M Edwards on July 3, 2014
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Very Informative Book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzzana on September 6, 2014
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