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Devotions to the Text - Steven Carter

Devotions to the Text

Paperback Published: 28th February 2004
ISBN: 9780761827573
Number Of Pages: 170

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In an era when many scholars and critics can't seem to see the forest of literature for the trees of theory, objective readings of texts are few and far between. In Devotions to the Text, Steven Carter seeks to counter this trend by demonstrating that Samuel Johnson's admonition to "empty your mind of cant" is still sage advice for today's readers, both private and professional. Devotions to the Text constitutes a bold act of rebellion against those who would transform texts into mirrors that reflect only their own ideas and/or ideologies.

In his many years in the classroom and as one of our most astute literary scholars and cultural critics, Carter has been witness to the shifts in the field of literary studies, yet has remained unwavering in his commitment to close, textual readings and careful analysis. With this book, he hopes that students and scholars will once again recognize the importance of devotion to the text...[and he] clearly demonstrates why formalism remains a relevant and necessary component of critical literary study.--Therese A. Paetschow, California State University "Bridges "

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
From Room to Room: Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum"p. 17
The Two Tarns: Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" and Chapter II of Henry David Thoreau's Waldenp. 23
The Reader Erect: Poe's "The Premature Burial"p. 27
The First Hero of Relativism: Harold Frederic's The Damnation of Theron Warep. 37
"Can't You See One Pace Before You?": Franz Kafka's The Trial and Charles Baudelaire's Paris Spleenp. 65
"You Better Have Another Piece": Ernest Hemingway's "Ten Indians" and William Faulkner's The Sound and the Furyp. 77
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Alive: Hemingway's "The Killers"p. 83
Interlude: ABC of Thinkingp. 89
Estragon's Ancient Wound: Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godotp. 105
"George and Martha: Sad, Sad, Sad": Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?p. 115
"Plants Were Like People": Jerzy Kosinski's Being Therep. 121
Twice Upon A Mattress: Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49p. 127
Jack Gladney's Smoking Gun: Don DeLillo's White Noisep. 131
Flare to White: Joel and Ethan Coen's Fargo and the Postmodern Turnp. 135
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ISBN: 9780761827573
ISBN-10: 0761827579
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 170
Published: 28th February 2004
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.23