Doing Things with Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1991 - 429 pagina's
This volume brings together for the first time influential essays and reviews by one of our most important literary critics. Spanning three decades, the essays concern themselves with the most central development themes in recent criticism, from the New Criticism to the much-debated "Newreading" and "New Historicism." Two other essays discuss the emergence of the remarkably influential modern view that a work in the fine arts is an autonomous object, and another offers an extraordinary overview of the history of criticism from Plato and Aristotle to Jacques Derrida and Paul de Man.
 

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Fischer pulls together 17 essays published by Abrams over the last 30 years, including the famous "Types and Orientations of Critical Theories'' and "The Deconstructive Angel.'' The essays focus ... Volledige review lezen

Inhoudsopgave

Whats the Use of Theorizing about the Arts?
31
A Note on Wittgenstein and Literary Criticism
73
Belief and the Suspension of Disbelief
88
Rationality and Imagination in Cultural History
113
The Sociology of Modern
135
Modern Aesthetics
159
Five Types of Lycidas
191
Postscript to Five Types of Lycidas
212
The Deconstructive Angel
237
Behaviorism and Deconstruction
253
How to Do Things with Texts
269
Construing and Deconstructing
297
A Colloquy on Recent Critical Theories
333
On Political Readings of Lyrical Ballads
364
NOTES
393
INDEX
421

Positivism and the Newer Criticism
217

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Over de auteur (1991)

M. H. Abrams, 1912 - 2015 Meyer Howard Abrams was born in Long Branch, New Jersey on July 23, 1912. He received a B.A. in English from Harvard University in 1934. He won a Henry fellowship to Cambridge University in 1935. He returned to Harvard University, where he received a Masters' degree in 1937 and a Ph. D. in 1940. He joined the Cornell University faculty in 1945 and taught a popular introductory survey class. While at Cornell in the 1950s, he was asked by publisher W. W. Norton to lead a team of editors compiling excerpts of vital English works. The first edition of the Norton Anthology came out in 1962. Abrams stayed on through seven editions. He was also the author of a popular Glossary of Literary Terms, The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition, Natural Supernaturalism, The Milk of Paradise, and the essay collection The Fourth Dimension of a Poem. In 2014, he received a National Arts Medal for "expanding our perceptions of the Romantic tradition and broadening the study of literature." He died on April 21, 2015 at the age of 102.

Michael Fischer is vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and professor of English at Trinity University. He was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. His research and teaching have focused on English romanticism, the history of ideas about literature and philosophy, and defenses of the humanities.

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