LITERARY CRITICISM BY CHARLES BRESSLER PDF

Bressler This book holds to several basic premises. First, it assumes that there is no such thing as an innocent reading of a literary work: Whether our responses are emotional and spontaneous or well-reasoned and highly structured, all such interactions are based on some underlying factors that cause us to respond to a text in a particular fashion. What elicits these responses or how a reader makes sense or meaning out of a text is what really matters. Literary theory questions our responses, our interpretations, and our assumptions, beliefs, and feelings. To understand why we respond to a text in a certain way, we must first understand literary theory and criticism. Second, since our reactions to any literary work or indeed any printed material have theoretical bases, I have assumed that all readers have a literary theory.

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Sajinn An introduction it may be to Literary Criticism, but a poor introduction it is. He who holds the purse strings controls the literature, essentially. I still think New Criticism criticis, a lot to offer. Concern with how perception works rather than t A well-paced overview of twentieth and twenty-first century schools of thought.

Apparently, he asserted that the unconscious is structured in the same way that language is. Bressler — Details — Trove This is all supposed to dismantle previously held ideas and to ultimately allow the meaning of the text to be undecideable. Bibliographies—At the end of each chapter. Jul 24, James rated it it was amazing.

Most literary theories are listed in depth in this book, the good, the bad and the ugly: Their crucial question is how a text conveys meaning rather what that specific meaning is. In terms of literature, Structuralists emphasize langue the system of how texts relate to each other and not parole individual texts. The Frankfurt School states that a complex relationship exists between the base and the superstructure basically, says that reflection theory is one-sided—instead, base and superstructure mutually influence each other.

Making Meaning from Text. This was more or bressleer the only way of reading that I was taught, and boy, did it have an impact on me! A Historical Survey of Literary Criticism. Hippolyte Adolphe Taine But to continue my ranting. No objective truth, no ultimate reality, no metanarrative.

A Marxist literary critic, then, understands that any text chsrles be interpreted in light of its culture. If this does not interest you, skip down to where I begin to opine about all this.

At some point, many of the theories become square-peg, round-hole issues and it becomes an issue of reader-intentionality on the text. Model of the Human Psyche: Specific Website addresses that take students directly to List Servers and Home Pages concerning literary theory and criticism is also provided. Assumptions of Deconstruction Transcendental Signified.

I realize now, I was expecting my reader to be a New Critic! Thanks for telling us about the problem. Oct 03, Vahid rated it really liked it. The Reading Process and Literary Theory. No eBook available Amazon.

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This is all supposed to dismantle previously held ideas and to ultimately allow the meaning of the text to be undecideable. Historical Development, Assumptions, and Methodology. I hope theory is one of them. Literary criticism: an introduction to theory and practice — Charles E. Bressler — Google Books At some point, many of the theories become square-peg, round-hole issues and it becomes an issue of reader-intentionality on the text.

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