This book, the fourth in the Critical Approaches to Literature series, deals with one of the most important theoretical approaches of modern times: feminism. Covering material from the Renaissance down to the present day, the volume explores works in a variety of genres, including novels, dramas, short stories, poems, and films.
Volumes begin with an overview of the critical approach and guide readers on what to look for when evaluating works using that particular critical lens.
Four essays, each over 4,000 words in length, provide readers with a thorough understanding of the cultural, critical, and historical context of the critical approach.
- Historical Background
Discusses how the time period influenced the development of this form of criticism across different cultures, as well as what makes this school of criticism relevant to a contemporary audience.
- Critical Reception
Surveys major pieces of criticism that mark the evolution of this school of literary criticism and identifies major critics.
- Critical Lens
Represents a close reading of a work using the specific critical lens.
- Comparative Analysis
Analyzes the specific school of criticism in light of another form of criticism across two or three different works.
Critical Readings of Ten Works
In-depth essays, over 5,000 words in length, examine ten individual works using the specific critical approach. Works covered include short fiction, poetry, drama, and film. Works span across historical periods to demonstrate the breadth of this approach to literary critical analysis.
- Glossary of Frequent Terms
- About the Editor
- About the Contributors
- General Bibliography
- Subject Index
This series provides literature students with the tools necessary to study each approach to literary criticism using a unique combination of critical contexts and analysis of several works. This arrangement allows readers to develop a deeper understanding of each critical approach alongside several in-depth critical readings of popular works spanning many different genres. A must for literature collections of all sizes.