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explained The Pooh Perplex, review The Pooh Perplex, trailer The Pooh Perplex, box office The Pooh Perplex, analysis The Pooh Perplex, The Pooh Perplex e3c5 In This Devastatingly Funny Classic, Frederick Crews Skewers The Ego Inflated Pretensions Of The Schools And Practitioners Of Literary Criticism Popular In The S, 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 explained The Pooh Perplex, review The Pooh Perplex, trailer The Pooh Perplex, box office The Pooh Perplex, analysis The Pooh Perplex, The Pooh Perplex e3c5 In This Devastatingly Funny Classic, Frederick Crews Skewers The Ego Inflated Pretensions Of The Schools And Practitioners Of Literary Criticism Popular In The S, 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

  • Paperback
  • 164 pages
  • The Pooh Perplex
  • Frederick C. Crews
  • English
  • 24 October 2019
  • 9780226120584

About the Author: Frederick C. Crews

Crews was born in suburban Philadelphia in 1933 In high school, Crews was co captain of the tennis team and he continues to be an avid skier, hiker, swimmer, motorcyclist, and runner Crews lives in Berkeley with his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Crews, a photographer who was born and raised in Berkeley, CA They have two daughters and four grandchildren.Crews completed his undergraduate education



10 thoughts on “The Pooh Perplex

  1. says:

    Postpartum Poop on THE POOH PERPLEXTHE POOH PERPLEX is an entertaining book that should be required reading for everyone about to join the ranks of graduate students studying literature As Frederick C Crews mocks approach after approach to the analysis of literature and smears the poop of the critics who have promoted these approaches, he also offers readers a mini course in term paper writing Instead of enduring the pain of a hit and miss process of discovering the tricks of the trade, a student who reads THE POOH PERPLEX can easily learn the conventions of literary criticism that must be honored if one cares to have his her work treated respectfully Of course, Crews does not identify them, but he does reveal them 1 present pieces of scholars poop 2 point out foul odors, inconsistent textures, and incomplete or unsubstantial samples 3 display one s poop and differentiate it from others poop 4 pulverize texts to add substance to one s poop 5 leave the bathroom door open to set the stage for various productions of poop.If only I had read Crews s satire guide thirty five years ago Having not read it, I could only stare incredulously at my American Romanticism professor s assessment of my work It fails to really assert itself as having any purpose for existing I was a kid did I know that the existence of a response to an assignment had to be justified When I was reading Crews s SINS OF THE FATHERS HAWTHORNE S PSYCHOLOGICAL THEMES, I should have been reading THE POOH PERPLEX because no one had yet taught me that I was not permitted to poop until I could make my poop look different from all other poop.

  2. says:

    Not that many years ago, the case method was employed on hapless college freshmen in their English classes, to try to give them a handle on the classics Scholars would publish learned essays about a work of literature as a means to examining it from different angles The great classic under study here A.A Milne s WINNIE THE POOH The year 1963 The notable scholars All twelve of them sprang from the fertile imagination of Frederick Crews, all essays satirize this or that school of criticism at large in the country at that time, and as satire, all are wildly funny For example, in a warmed over essay from 1939, A Bourgeois Writer s Proletarian Fables, aging lefty Martin Tempralis singles out Pooh s bossy buddy Rabbit as the epitome of the capitalist managerial class, leaving Pooh the ultimate member of the Proletariat Not so, avers the dyed in the wool Freudian of the bunch, Karl Anschauung, in his A.A Milne s Honey Balloon Pit Gun Tail Bathtubcomplex, who believes that an understanding of the Pooh books hinges entirely on the fact that all artists, even Milne, are neurotic Milne in fact is deeply phobic of bears In O Felix Culpa The Sacramental Meaning of Winnie the Pooh by a certain Dr Culpepper, obviously a Leavisite, the Pooh and his pals are made to fit a model of Christianity that makes sense to the author if no one else Playing to the gallery, and occupying he last card in this show, traditionalist Smedley Force insists in his Prologomena to Any Future Study of Winnie the Pooh that the silly old bear is un critiqueable in fact, no literature in English can yet be critiqued at all Although the schools of criticism under fire have had their day, Dr Crews came back many years later with another hilarious send up of critical preening, POSTMODERN POOH 2001 , whose essays this time were delivered during a phony MLA conference In both books, Dr Crews has a very firm understanding of the foibles of the academic community, which so often seems to be speaking to itself and not the poor undergraduates, or taking pot shots at rival scholars I recommend both of these books.

  3. says:

    This book is brilliant, but probably better if you ve recently finished an English honors seminar on postmodern critical theory which I had when I first read it I found it in a thrift shop and fell in love It contains several parodies of varying philosophies in literary criticism e.g., Freudian, Marxist, etc It would be fun if it could be updated to include some of the antitheory theorists like the deconstructionists Each essay is a poisonous little gem that lets you hate the critics even than you hated them as a student, and laugh at them at the same time.

  4. says:

    A satiro comical Tao of Pooh for the lit theory set Not everyone s pot of honey, I suppose, but the bruised initiates of the discipline former English majors and post grads, mostly will appreciate it A spelling champion and a master of flowery, empty rhetoric, Owl is the necessary handservant to the raw acquisitive passion of Rabbit, which badly needs to be cloaked in grandiosities The friendship of these two intellectual thugs is a perfect representation of the true role of scholarship in bourgeois industrial society the end purpose of Owl s obscure learning is to spread a veil of confusion over the doings of the fat cats, to cow the humble into submission before the graven idols of objective truth and the Western tradition, and to rob the proletariat of its power to protest Maybe I m wrong to restrict its appeal Is it possible not to laugh out loud at this

  5. says:

    Read this for a paper, it s one of the funniest things I ve read in ages When you re laughing out loud in public, you know you re doing well Fake critical essays on the philosophy of Pooh, from Freud to Nietzsche, and its role in education, literary theory and so on very entertaining The made up names biographies of the various essayists the study questions for each section are great too I ve had to read other books on Pooh and philosophy that have been far less entertaining.

  6. says:

    This was one of the best satires of literary academia that I have ever read For anyone that has ever had to participate in and explore New Criticism, or purchased any number of curated Harold Bloom collections to make one s way through the work of the Bront s This is one of those curated books but curated with inkhorn analyses of Milne s Winnie the Pooh I laughed out loud as I read this book Every style of professor and writer that one can encounter in journals and in the postsecondary classroom are in full and glorious character in Crews collection of fake analyses In an additional fun bent to the copy that I had from the library, and it is truly a shame that this book isn t likely going to be in print anytime soon, there were clear markings and annotations made in pencil by a student somewhere along the line a student who may not have read the incredibly dry prose as completely ironic satire to deliciously include into his or her own serious academic work I highly recommend this to any college English major It is truly a beautiful little diamond that has disappeared, and I owe all of my joy and laughter to Goodreads recommendation algorithms for showing me something I would never have found otherwise In comparison, the closest I have come to finding something like this is Rodney Ascher s 2012 documentary about Kubrick s The Shining, which, unfortunately for the academics in the film, I was not supposed to find as incredibly hilarious as I did In a 2014 Rolling Stone interview cited by Wikipedia, Stephen King said that he never had much patience for academic bullshit, and that the film was reaching for things that weren t there That s exactly what s so damn funny about the documentary and Frederick Crews book, Steve.

  7. says:

    As a big fan of both Winnie the Pooh and satire, I absolutely adored this book and frequently found myself laughing out loud at the absurd reaches and conclusions each scholar came to Favorite interpretations were Marxism, sacrament, and Poisoned Paradise The Underside of Pooh Milne s works are the perfect canvas for lighthearted mockery of just how ridiculous some scholarship has become.

  8. says:

    Attempts to answer in a scholarly way why Winnie the Pooh is inherently revered by modern children and adults Presents some perculiar literary points of view , but the the question is really never answered I may read it again.

  9. says:

    This is one of the funniest books I ve ever read Brilliant.

  10. says:

    I get it Post modernisms rejection of meaning has hilarious consequences So lets take the ideal post modern subject, a freaking children s nursery rhymes collection, and subject it to the same critical analysis subjected to so many haute literature For the early days of post structuralism, I am sure this is both cutting edge and funny Hip if you will And the satire is laid bare pun intended in this collection of The Onion style essays, but at the end of the day I have to ask the question Why What exactly is the object of the satire It is definitely not Pooh, it would seem to imply academia, but even then it would have to be a specific subset of this class Moreso, it is an attack on the fads of thought and how they cheapen true critical analysis which is not shown here to be serious business.Each of the twelve essays utilize a different argumentative technique to show the vacuousness of many thinkers out there From the overly jargon laid write up, to the tabloid style, to the phallus, the greatest hits of logic fails are paraded out for the purpose of exposing Winnie the Pooh as the most debaucherous or complex or covert piece of literature since Homer The pieces are short and not sweet in the slightest The pompous, snide, ridiculous accusations contained are a perfect counterpoint to the reality of it all.This definitely didnt blow me away, and left me scratching my head a little bit Yes this is an outdated vernacular and subject, but sometimes its good to remind yourself how silly the whole game is.

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