This introduction to practicing literary theory is a reader consisting of extracts from critical analyses, largely by 20th century Anglo-American literary critics, set around major literary texts that undergraduate students are known to be familiar with. It is specifically targeted to present literary criticism through practical examples of essays by literary theorists themselves, on texts both within and outside the literary canon. Four example essays are included for each author/text presented.
1. William Shakespeare's "Hamlet". (Critics): J. Lacan, T.S. Eliot, J. Rose, E. Showalter, C. Belsey 2. William Wordworths "Intimations of Immortality Ode". (Critics): C. Brooks, G. Hartmann, M. Levinson 3. George Eliot's "Middlemarch". (Critics): R. Williams, F. R. Leavis, T. Eagleton, C. MacCabe, J. Hillis Miller 4. Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre". (Critics): V. Woolf, Marxist-Feminist Collective, S. Gilbert and S. Gubar, G. Spivak 5. Oscar Wilde. (Critics): Eve Sedgwick, J. Dollimore, T. Eagleton, J. Bristow 6. Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness". (Critics): F. R. Leavis, T. Todorov, C. Achebe, E. Said 7. James Joyce's "Ulysses". (Critics): W. Iser, F. Jameson, J. Derrida, R. Williams 8. Berthold Brecht. (Critics): W. Benjamin, T. Adorno, L. Althusser, H. Marcuse 9. Toni Morrison's "Beloved". (Critics): P. Nicholls, P. Gilroy, M. Henderson, H. Bhabha 10. Salmon Rushdie. (Critics): P. Waugh, A. Ahmad, G. Spivak, T. Brennan.