The Pooh Perplex by Frederick Crews

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In this devastatingly funny classic, Frederick Crews skewers the ego-inflated pretensions of the schools and practitioners of literary criticism popular in the 1960s, including Freudians, Aristotelians, and New Critics. Modeled on the "casebooks" often used in freshman English classes at the time, The Pooh Perplex contains twelve essays written in different critical voices, complete with ridiculous footnotes, tongue-in-cheek "questions and study projects," and hilarious biographical notes on the contributors. This edition contains a new preface by the author that compares literary theory then and now and identifies some of the real-life critics who were spoofed in certain chapters.

Table of Contents:
Note to the 2003 Edition
Paradoxical Persona: The Hierarchy of Heroism in Winnie-the-Pooh
Harvey C. Window
A Bourgeois Writer's Proletarian Fables
Martin Tempralis
The Theory and Practice of Bardic Verse: Notations of the Hums of Pooh
P.R. Honeycomb
Poisoned Paradise: The Underside of Pooh
Myron Masterson
O Felix Culpa! The Sacramental Meaning of Winnie-the-Pooh
C.J. L. Culpepper, D. Litt., Oxon.
Winnie and the Cultural Stream
Murphy A. Sweat
A la recherche du Pooh perdu
Woodbine Meadowlark
A Complete Analysis of Winnie-the-Pooh
Duns C. Penwiper
Another Book to Cross Off Your List
Simon Lacerous
The Style of Pooh: Sources, Analogues, and Influences
Benjamin Thumb
A.A. Milne's Honey-Balloon-Pit-Gun-Tail-Bathtubcomplex
Karl Anschauung, M.D.
Prolegomena to Any Future Study of Winnie-the-Pooh
Smedley ForcE

Frederick Crews is a professor emeritus of English at the University of California at Berkeley. His many books include The Critics Bear It Away: American Fiction and the Academy, The Random House Handbook (currently in its sixth edition), and Postmodern Pooh.
University of Chicago Press
Pub Date: February 14, 2003
0.39" H x 8.16" L x 5.24" W
164 pages