Oxford Literature Companions: A Streetcar Named Desire

Oxford Literature Companions: A Streetcar Named Desire

By Annie Fox
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Book Description

Easy to use in the classroom or as a tool for revision, Oxford Literature Companions provide student-friendly analysis of a range of popular A Level set texts. Each book offers a lively, engaging approach to the text, covering characterisation and role, genre, context, language, themes, structure, performance and critical views, whilst also providing a range of varied and in-depth activities to deepen understanding and encourage close work wtih the text. Each book
also includes a comprehensive Skills and Practice section, which provides detailed advice on assessment and a bank of exam-style questions and annotated sample student answers. This guide covers A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

Table of Contents
  • Front Cover
  • Title Page
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Plot and Structure
    • Plot
    • Structure
  • Context
    • Biography of Tennessee Williams
    • Biographical influences on A Streetcar Named Desire
    • Second World War
    • Gender roles
    • Social class and ethnic identity
    • The South
    • Cultural context
  • Genre
    • Tragedy
    • Comedy
    • Tragi-comedy
    • Realism and expressionism
  • Characterization and Roles
    • Main characters
    • Minor characters
  • Language
    • Epigraph
    • Stage directions
    • Dialogue
    • Imagery
    • Allusions
    • Hyperbole
    • Symbolism
    • Irony
  • Themes
    • Social class
    • Masculinity and femininity
    • Love, sex and marriage
    • Reality versus illusion
    • Madness
    • Death
    • Shame and humiliation
  • Performance
    • First performance
    • Film
    • Revivals
    • Alternative readings
  • Critical Views
    • Feminist criticism
    • Gender criticism and queer theory
    • Structuralism
    • Political or Marxist criticism
    • Reader response criticism
    • Psychological literary criticism
  • Skills and Practice
    • Exam skills
    • Understanding the question
    • Planning your answer
    • Writing your answer
    • Developing an academic writing style
    • Sample questions
    • Sample answers
  • Glossary
  • Back Cover
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