Critical Insights: Violence in Literature draws together provocative essays about works that vary widely in their historical and cultural contexts, in their style and structure, and the ways that violence makes (or resists) meaning within them.
This title is broken up into three sections: Critical Contexts, Critical Readings, and a resource appendix.
For readers who are studying the theme for the first time, four essays survey the critical conversation regarding the theme, explore its cultural and historical contexts, and offer close and comparative readings of key texts containing the theme. This section touches upon the foundations of violence in ancient Greek literature, the representation of violence, violence in Things Fall Apart, and American literature dealing with war.
Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the theme can then move on to other essays that explore it in depth through a variety of critical approaches. This section delves into essays on individual works. The essays review past and current criticism of works that include violence around the world.
Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes.
- Works of Literature Exploring Violence
- About the Editor