[Msa-discuss] modernist critical text for grads
John V. Knapp
tb0jvk1 at corn.cso.niu.edu
Wed Jul 30 12:16:40 EDT 2008
Dear Lou Caton --
Yes, you may wish to try some of the newer psychologies on the moderns:
1) Lisa Zunshine's *Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel.*
Ohio State UP, 2006), esp the chapters on Woolf's *Mrs Dalloway.*
2) Joe Carroll's many works: 1) *Literary Darwinism* (Routledge, 2004),
and his soon-to-be published essays: 2) a survey, with Jonathan
Gottschall: "Human Nature and Agonistic Structure in Canonical British
Novels/Late 9th & Early 20th C." 3) his co-authored essay "Quantifying
Tonal Analysis in *The Mayor of Casterbridge*" *New Psychologies and the
3) my own *Striking at the Joints: Contemporary Psychology and Literary
Criticism* (Univ. Press of America, 1996), esp. Chapter 3 on *Sons and
Lovers.* and Ken Womack's essay (Chapter 1) on Forster's *A Room with a
View*" in our co-edited *Reading the Family Dance: Family Systems Therapy
and Literary Study* (Univ of Delaware Press, 2003).
I hope these help?
On Wed, 23 Jul 2008, Caton, Lou wrote:
> (please excuse any duplications; I initially sent this inquiry to the
> wrong list address - apologies)
> Dear Colleagues, duplication, as I initially sent this inquiry to the
> wrong list.)
> Do list-members have favorite theory / critical texts that they assign
> for graduate classes in literary modernism? I plan on mostly teaching
> American modernism but would be interested in other directions, as well.
> Are there single-author works that give a philosophical presentation and
> include the impact of Emerson, Nietzsche, Darwin, Freud, Bergson, and
> James? For example, I like an older text, The Matrix of Modernism;
> however it is out of print. Any favorites that you might have that are
> relatively inexpensive and short, that would be great. I am considering
> The Cambridge Introduction to Modernism but it includes much more than
> just literary modernism. Of course, I will be interested in gender,
> race, and ethnicity but only as they refer to the literary arts.
> Thanks very much!
> Lou Caton - lcaton at wsc.ma.edu - Westfield State College
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