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. What term does the narrator explain was a popular term in deconstructive criticism and literally means an impasse?

2. Lacan argues that the two "dream work" mechanisms identified by Freud correspond to the basic poles of language, identified by the linguist Roman Jakobson, to ________ and ________.

3. According to Plato, "a state of language anterior to the Word" is called ________.

4. The crucial essay "The Death of the Author" written in 1968 was the "hinge" around which ________ turned from structuralism to post-structuralism.

5. Who was the first critic to develop a "reader-centered" approach to literature?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how literary theory, after Sir Phillip Sydney, was significantly advanced in the eighteenth century.

2. How is French feminism different from American feminism?

3. What are the five (5) codes identified by Barthes in S/Z? Explain.

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

5. What is structuralism? Where and when did it begin?

6. What are the three stages of the deconstructive process? Explain.

7. What does the formula SQ3R mean? Explain.

8. What did Ferdinand de Saussure say about linguistic structures which the structuralists found so interesting?

9. 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?

10. What is the purpose of displacement and condensation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and describe Jacques Lacan's impact and purpose in psychoanalytic criticism.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the ambitions of stylistics as described by Peter Barry.

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