One of Salem's most popular series, Critical Insights distills the best of both class and literary criticism of the world's most-studied literature.
Critical Insights: Authors highlight some of the most prominent novelists, dramatists, short story writers, and essayists from around the world.
Each volume offers 10-14 highly in-depth, yet accessible, essays that provide researchers with many avenues to learn about and study the subject. Content in each volume include:
Critical Lens: a close reading of a work from a specific standpoint
Cultural & Historical Context: addresses the influence of the time period, and what makes the content relevant to today's audience
Compare & Contrast: analyzes the subject in light of another work or author
Critical Reception: outlines major critiques and reviews of the work
Critical Readings: the heart of each volume - provides full analysis of key issues and interpretations of the subject
Critical Insights provides authoritative insights and analysis suitable for students and teachers alike. Students come away with an enriched sense of the many ways the themes can be studied, appreciated, written, and talked about, making these important connections themselves with easy-to-use guidance.
"Overall, a fresh take on the classics and an excellent choice."
-School Library Journal
"This is a valuable addition to academic libraries supporting literature students both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels as it presents different views and more in-depth articles than those found in such series as "Bloom," "Literary Criticisms," and "Contemporary Literary Criticisms."
"This range of original essays by learned, intelligent writers with something to say about their subjects makes these works valuable for those in high school and up...Recommended."