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
The Theory and Practice of Bardic Verse: Notations of the Hums of Pooh
Poisoned Paradise: The Underside of Pooh
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
A Complete Analysis of Winnie-the-Pooh
Duns C. Penwiper
Another Book to Cross Off Your List
The Style of Pooh: Sources, Analogues, and Influences
A.A. Milne's Honey-Balloon-Pit-Gun-Tail-Bathtubcomplex
Karl Anschauung, M.D.
Prolegomena to Any Future Study of Winnie-the-Pooh
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
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