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One of the greatest challenges for English language arts teachers today is the call to engage students in more complex texts. Tim Gillespie, who has taught in public schools for almost four decades, has found the lenses of literary criticism a powerful tool for helping students tackle challenging literary texts.

Tim breaks down the dense language of critical theory into clear, lively, and thorough explanations of many schools of critical thought -- reader response, biographical, historical, psychological, archetypal, genre based, moral, philosophical, feminist, political, formalist, and postmodern.

Doing Literary Criticism gives each theory its own chapter with a brief, teacher-friendly overview and a history of the approach, along with an in-depth discussion of its benefits and limitations. Each chapter also includes ideas for classroom practices and activities. Using stories from his own English classes -- from alternative programs to advanced placement and everything in between -- Tim provides a wealth of specific classroom-tested suggestions for discussion, essay and research paper topics, recommended texts, exam questions, and more.

The accompanying CD offers abbreviated overviews of each theory (designed to be used as classroom handouts), examples of student work, collections of quotes to stimulate discussion and writing, an extended history of women writers, and much more.

Ultimately, Doing Literary Criticism offers teachers a rich set of materials and tools to help their students become more confident and able readers, writers, and critical thinkers. - See more at:

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Doing literary criticism
helping students engage with challenging texts
Tim Gillespie ; foreword by Leila Christenbury

Published 2010 by Stenhouse Publishers in [Portland, Me.] .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Getting started: classroom practices that support the study of literary criticism
Reader response criticism: beginning with personal meaning and classroom community
Biographical criticism: examining the relevance of writers' lives and identities
Historical criticism: weighing the historical context of works of literature
Psychological criticism: using literature to understand human behavior
Archetypal criticism: finding the mythic resonance in texts
Genre criticism: exploring classifications and contexts
Moral criticism: probing the moral and ethical dimensions of literature
Philosophical criticism: investigating the intersection of literature and philosophy
Feminist criticism: interrogating gender issues
Political or advocacy criticism: engaging with social justice issues through literature
Formalist criticism: analyzing writing craft
Putting it all together: a conclusion and commencement.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-293) and index.


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LB1632 .G45 2010

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