Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Peter Barry
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Peter Barry in the chapter titled Structuralism, the novel "Middlemarch" is an example of a literary ________.

2. In the chapter titled "Feminist Criticism," which group did author Peter Barry say maintained a major interest in traditional critical concepts like theme, motif, and characterization?

3. According to the narrator in the chapter "Psychoanalytic Criticism," many of Sigmund Freud's ideas concern aspects of ________.

4. According to the narrator in the chapter titled "Feminist Criticism, the "Anglo-American" tradition appeared when?

5. The chapter "Postmodernism" details that Ezra Pound calls his major work, "The Cantos" a ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly summarize author Peter Barry's own introduction to literary theory as seen in "My own stock-taking" found within the "Introduction."

2. What are the three particular areas that are debated and disagreed upon when it comes to feminist criticism?

3. Do liberal humanists use the term "human nature"? Explain.

4. Explain the Oedipus complex of Sigmund Freud.

5. Explain F.D. Maurice's opinions of literature as detailed in the chapter "Theory Before Theory--Liberal Humanism."

6. How is French feminism different from American feminism?

7. What are some of the important characteristics of the literary modernism practice?

8. In the first half of the twentieth century, who, according to Barry, were the critical names in British literary theory? Who were at Cambridge University in the 1920s and 1930s?

9. What is "ecriture feminine"?

10. What is the purpose of displacement and condensation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an argumentative essay, state whether you believe stylistics is a theory or a practice.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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