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CRITICAL. THEORY. SINCE. PLATO. Revised Edition. EDITED BY. Hazard Adams. University of California, Irvine and. University of Washington. San Antonio. Critical theory since Plato [Hazard Adams] on echecs16.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This outstanding anthology traces major critical statements. Critical Theory Since Plato - [Free] Critical Theory Since Plato [PDF] GMT Introduction to Modern Literary Theory - Kristi Siegel.
Theory was exciting for me. After graduating, I continued studying it on my own and pursued theory and criticism wherever I could in grad school. Because I found these subjects so mind-blowing as an undergrad, I try to introduce my students to appropriate concepts whenever I can. There was this moment that their eyes lit up with understanding, and that is what I live for as a teacher. These concepts are not hard if explained well. Some texts do that better than others, and so today I wanted to take some time to break down some of the best books for studying, teaching, and learning literary and critical theories. For anyone interested, you can find a more extensive list HERE.
Michael Jones, for example, argues in his Degenerate Moderns that Stanley Fish was influenced by his adulterous affairs to reject classic literature that condemned adultery. In the British and American literary establishment, the New Criticism was more or less dominant until the late s.
Around that time Anglo-American university literature departments began to witness a rise of a more explicitly philosophical literary theory , influenced by structuralism , then post-structuralism , and other kinds of Continental philosophy. It continued until the mids, when interest in "theory" peaked. Many later critics, though undoubtedly still influenced by theoretical work, have been comfortable simply interpreting literature rather than writing explicitly about methodology and philosophical presumptions.
History of the book[ edit ] Related to other forms of literary criticism, the history of the book is a field of interdisciplinary inquiry drawing on the methods of bibliography , cultural history , history of literature , and media theory. Principally concerned with the production, circulation, and reception of texts and their material forms, book history seeks to connect forms of textuality with their material aspects.
Among the issues within the history of literature with which book history can be seen to intersect are: the development of authorship as a profession, the formation of reading audiences, the constraints of censorship and copyright, and the economics of literary form. Current state[ edit ] Today, interest in literary theory and continental philosophy coexists in university literature departments with a more conservative literary criticism of which the New Critics would probably have approved.
Disagreements over the goals and methods of literary criticism, which characterized both sides taken by critics during the "rise" of theory, have declined. Many critics feel that they now have a great plurality of methods and approaches from which to choose. Some texts do that better than others, and so today I wanted to take some time to break down some of the best books for studying, teaching, and learning literary and critical theories.
For anyone interested, you can find a more extensive list HERE. First, let me take a moment to explain the difference between literary theory and criticism as they are defined by Lois Tyson in Critical Theory Today : Literary criticism, by and large, tries to explain the literary work to us: its production, its meaning, its design, its beauty. Unlike movie critics and book reviewers, who tell us whether or not we should see the films or read the books they review, literary critics spend much more time explaining than evaluating, even when their official purpose… is to assess the aesthetic quality of the literary work.
Strictly speaking, when we interpret a literary text, we are doing literary criticism; when we examine the criteria upon which our interpretation rests, we are doing critical theory. Simply put, literary criticism is the application of critical theory to a literary text, whether or not a given critic is aware of the theoretical assumptions informing her or his interpretation. The readings are arranged chronologically, which I love because I am completely fascinated by the evolution of thought.
The editors include a page introduction to each thinker that contextualize their ideas and highlights important concepts.
Two of my professors assigned this text when I was an undergrad: the first was for a literary criticism course and the second was contemporary critical theory. Reading the primary sources, the actual words of each thinker, is probably why I fell in love with theory the way I did. It includes poets, philosophers, psychoanalysts, novelists, playwrights, linguists, existentialists, and everyone in between. English majors are not used to paying so much for a text, but this one is actually worth it.
You will use it for the rest of your life and reading the actual sources will teach you to find the beauty of critical theory in literature. The language is simple even when discussing the convoluted concepts of literary theory.
Scott Fitzgerald, and applies a different literary theory to it in every chapter. Published August 9th by Wadsworth Publishing first published January 2nd More Details Original Title.
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Dec 22, Atra Bou rated it it was amazing. This book contains essays of great value for those who want to find writers who advocates the same opinions of a certain subject.
I enjoyed reading Pope essay and discovering it.
Also Oscar Wild's and Blake's It is a must have for scholars, it serves as a dictionary for me whenever I want to find a writer who shares the same opinion as mine to backup my arguments. From Plato to the late s, the search for a way to find meaning in literature seemed to go down one rabbit hole after another.
By the end of Hazard's compilation, we get statements like this, from Murray Krieger, the last contributor: Yet it is motion in stillness, the stillness that is at once moving and forever still.
I have other complaints about this book. First, From Plato to the late s, the search for a way to find meaning in literature seemed to go down one rabbit hole after another. First, all of the contributors, as far as I can tell, are white males from Europe or North America. Did no women, no men or women of color, or from any other continent have anything meaningful to say about literature?
Second, the title suggests that this is a book containing literary criticism theories. In fact, it contains almost exclusively theories of criticism of poetry.
Poetry is placed on a high pedestal, while prose, when mentioned at all, is relegated to a far lower position. Third, once the selections reach the 20th century, only a few of the critical theories get any attention, primarily Marxism, structuralism, and "New Criticism. Fourth, the title suggests that the selected contributors will explain the background and basis for their theories.
Instead, most spend their time criticizing the work of other, sometimes long-dead critics. Perhaps this book works well, or can be made to work well, as a textbook, with the course instructor helping to provide context and meaning.
Or for the professor or professional critic, it can provide a historical perspective on how theories of poetic criticism developed. For any other reader, it's not worth the time and trouble.
A fine primer on the ways in which we think critically about literature, starting with Plato's Republic and stopping on the cusp of the contemporary theoretical quagmire. The prose is keen yet dense, and I can't believe I read quite as much of this book as I did.
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