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Using the framework of Rita Felski in her 2015 book The Limits of Critique, this essay offers a postcritical analysis of William Carlos Williams’ 1915 poem “The Young Housewife.” Its intention is to show how Williams’ poem or any poem can be approached through a variety of critical lenses, but that these may get in the way of more immediate, rewarding ways of reading. Shel Silverstein's well-known 1964 short book The Giving Tree is similar at the level of “plot” to “The Young Housewife.” Taken in tandem, these two texts neatly exemplify the value of postcritical/non-resistant reading.
Norton, S. (2022), William Carlos Williams’ “The Young Housewife”: A Postcritical Reading vis-à-vis Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. J Adolesc Adult Liter, 66: 46-49. DOI: 10.1002/jaal.1246
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