Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Peter Barry
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Essay Topic 1

Analyze and describe the organizational structure of New Historicism theory.

Essay Topic 2

Distinguish modernism from post-modernism according to the book "Beginning Theory." Be sure to include the origin of both theories.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how Peter Barry draws a parallel between gay and lesbian theory.

Essay Topic 4

Describe and discuss how the women's movement is relevant to feminine criticism, as well as lesbian feminine criticism.

Essay Topic 5

Explain Edgar Allan Poe's impact on structuralism. Be sure to cite Poe's literary works and discuss how they fit into the structuralist theory.

Essay Topic 6

Identify, analyze, and discuss the following quote: "The most basic difference between liberal humanist and structuralist reading is that the structuralist's comments on structure, symbol, and design, become paramount, and are the main focus of the commentary, while the emphasis on any wider moral significance, and indeed on interpretation itself in the broad sense...

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