By Patricia Waugh, Philip Rice
This ebook covers the main theoretical approches in sleek literary thought, and comprises essays and texts which are crucial analyzing for any scholar of severe thought. It comprises sections on Formalism and Structuralism, Feminism, Marxism, Postmodernism, and Postcolonialism, and for the 1st time, contains works through authors similar to de Beauvoir and Freud, who even though no longer focusing in particular on literature, make an important contribution to the panorama of literary concept.
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19 This comic episode suggests (and criticizes) the way religious language is consumed by the general populace: memorization without meaning or re®ection that precludes any in-depth examination of the religious texts themselves. In many ways, the idiot child of Twain’s anecdote is representative of all the evolving (or devolving) generations who consume the language without re®ection and are won over by the art and in turn have forsaken the underlying reality (attitudes memorably captured in the posthumously published essay “Corn-Pone Opinions”).
This story is commonly taught and analyzed, and yet readers often miss how much the tale invokes religious issues. ” This switch emphasized Twain’s rejection of an outward moral piety that does not match an inward holiness—such as he discovered his father to be guilty of. Temptation, or testing of faith and belief, becomes vital to intellectual and spiritual freedom and integrity. Holiness is phony if never tested. And small towns, church leaders, and sometimes justices of the peace were unable to sustain their integrity upon a cold, scienti¤c dissection—such as the one Sam’s father underwent upon his death.
Characterize[d] American Christianity from 1790 to 1820”: “To the consternation of respectable clergymen, the terms of that debate were set largely by people who had not known status, in®uence, or power. ”51 A characteristic ¤gure of this democratizing effect was David Nelson, founder of the First Presbyterian Church of Hannibal that Jane Clemens and her children attended. Nelson, originally a staid deist, was converted to the cause of zealous perfectionism and abolition after hearing Theodore Weld lecture in 1835.
Modern Literary Theory: A Reader by Patricia Waugh, Philip Rice