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    Perspectives on New Historicism, Feminist Criticism and Deconstruction in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Introduction Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter has been a highly debatable topic of numerous critical essays, written by scholars who approach the novel from various perspectives of literary criticism. Due to the diversity of perspectives, the questions proposed by these scholars vary and hence the conclusions they arrive at by examining the same literary text may differ

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    Stephen Greenblatt’s essay “Learning to Curse” presents a New Historicist reading of William Shakespeare’s seminal play, The Tempest. In his essay, Professor Greenblatt demonstrates the beliefs and practices essential to New Historicism by analyzing The Tempest through the lens of imperial discourse. A discourse is composed of the language and opinions related to a field of intellectual study. Established in the 1980’s, New Historicism disputes the notion that historians can recreate a precise,

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    New Historicism: The Crucible started with The Red Scare New Historicists look at events occurring in the world at the time an author writes a literary work, to find the cause for why it’s written. Arthur Miller, the author of The Crucible, was accused of being a Communist in 1957 during The Red Scare; a term associated with The Red Scare is McCarthyism. “In developing his script, when Miller visited Salem in 1952 he immediately realized the parallels between Salem in 1692 and the then-current United

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    A Critical Note on New Historicism

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    spatial and temporal analysis of literary text. The past is revived for the utility of the present. Works Cited (1) Abrams, M. H. and Geoffrey Galt Harpham. A Handbook of Literary Terms. New Delhi: Cengage Learning, 2009. Print. (20) Greenblatt, Stephen. Learning to Curse: Essay to Early Modern Literature. New York: Rutledge, 1990. Print. (3) Kettle, Arnold, ed. Shakespeare in a Changing World. London: 1964. Print. (4) Rice, Philip and Patrice Waught, ed. Modern Literary Theory: A Reader. 2nd edition

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    Beloved: Critique with New Historicism

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    past, and America's future. In this analysis of Beloved, the characteristics of new historicism will be used to evaluate this literary piece. New Historicism is a literary critique theory founded primarily by Stephen Greenblatt in the early 1980s. What began as a critique by Greenblatt of Shakespearean works became an improved theory of criticism. The basis of this theory is the opposite of historicism; new historicism critiques a work not only during the time period in which it takes place but also

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    how they are expressed in a different way, because of the lack of a language of feminine sexuality. As Ross C Murfin points out in his introduction to this essay, Wolff combines several theoretical perspectives such as feminism, gender studies, new historicism, psychoanalytic criticism, and deconstruction (376). Wolff introduces her thesis in her initial discussion of the opening passage of The Awakening stressing the fact that the parrot has no language of its own. She remarks that “there is a sense

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    Kate Chopin's The Awakening", Cynthia Griffin Wolff creates what Ross Murfin describes as "a critical whole that is greater than the sum of its parts." (376) By employing a variety of critical approaches (including feminist, gender, cultural, new historicism, psychoanalytic and deconstruction) Wolff offers the reader a more complete (albeit complex) explanation of Edna Pontellier's behavior and motivations than any single approach could provide. Wolff contends that locating the source of Edna's repression

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    Christianity, Reform and Freedom in Method

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    felt while researching New Historicism and more particularly, its application to texts. Somehow, graffiti -- the unscholarly domain of angry teenagers armed with cans of spray paint -- echoes my reaction to the scholars in this field who seem to be writing only for other scholars, thus excluding those of us who, fascinated with the ideas expressed, would like to learn about the method and topic by simply picking up a book or article. As I understand it, the whole idea of New Historicist criticism

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    Morgan, Morgan by Janette Turner Hospital

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    Morgan” by Janette Turner Hospital in a poststructuralist way using both New Historicism and Deconstruction. First, we will explore the tenants of New Historicism and apply it to the story, and then we will explore the tenants of Deconstruction and apply it to the story. The ideals of New Historicism were first outlined by Michel Foucault and later developed by Stephen Greenblatt. Foucault did not develop New Historicism; however, his philosophy and ideas formed the basis of the practice. As Warren

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    Cultural Study Theory

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    as well (Meyer 2034). When the culture or context is studied, the motives or tensions, which drive characters’ behaviors, may be accounted for and studied (Crawford). Cultural critics use strategies such as deconstructionism, gender studies, new historicism, and psychology to analyze and evaluate pieces of work (Meyer 2128). Literary texts are not the only thing which cultural critics critique; in fact, they analyze a wide range of items from comic strips, to commercials, to radio talk shows (Meyer

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