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Book Recommendations for Criticism


Next semester I will be taking Advanced Criticism and I had been asked for suggestions about the one book we will read. The basic description of the class that I copied off my schools website is:

Reading and discussion in the theory and history of criticism. Examination of both traditional and contemporary ideas about the value and nature of literary expression and its place in human culture generally. Work in the course includes practical as well as theoretical use of the ideas and methods of critical inquiry.

Now, the theories/criticisms we will be writing our papers will be: psychological, formalism(form, diction, etc.), Marxist, feminism, deconstruction, new historicism, and a few others I cannot think of at the moment.

I have tried to come up with works that can be written with the above subjects in mind. These include:

Infinite Jest- DFW
Lolita- Vladimir Nabokov
Revolutionary Road- Richard Yates
Brideshead Revisited- Evelyn Waugh
Dead Souls- Nikolai Gogol
Madame Bovary- Gustave Flaubert
Gravity's Rainbow- Thomas Pynchon

Whatever suggestions you might have would be great.