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By G. Douglas Atkins, Laura Morrow

ISBN-10: 0333496582

ISBN-13: 9780333496589

ISBN-10: 1349198730

ISBN-13: 9781349198733

During this sequence of essays, the authors objective to research the connection among modern literary conception and its perform. The authors have chosen twelve of the main popular, influential and far-reaching theoretical positions presently on hand, resembling hermeneutics, archetypal feedback, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminism and Marxism. In a fashion that the final reader can simply entry, Atikins and Morrow speak about the first beneficial properties, heritage, options and implications of these theories that are such a lot influential this day.

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In the 1940s, in an essay contrasting "pure poetry" (that which "tries to be pure by excluding, more or less rigidly, certain elements which might qualify or contradict its original impulses") and "impure poetry" (that which willingly and generously complicates its entire context with the wide range of complex human experience, thus necessarily summoning irony), Warren, like Brooks before him, and the Fugitives before Brooks, expressed his wholehearted agreement with the New Critical conviction that irony is the best guarantor of sincerity and vision.

John Milton (1951), which he and John Edward Hardy edited and for which they wrote analytical commentary on the individual poems. " Brooks further demonstrated his respect for and command of literary history with Literary Criticism: A Short History (1957), written with William K. Wimsatt; in his two volumes on Faulkner in 1963 and 1978; and in his The New Criticism 35 multivolume edition of the letters of Thomas Percy. Such use of traditional scholarship surprises only those who fail to look beneath the surface of the writings of the New Critics or who know only the work of some of their less responsible disciples.

Gerald L. Bruns, "Literary Study without Aims or Methods," ADE Bulletin 8r (1985): 26-31. 69. : Cornell University Press, 1975), pp. ro-r 1. 70. Atkins and Johnson, Writing and Reading Differently, p. r r. 71. Hartman, Criticism in the Wilderness, p. 2. 72. For an excellent analysis of the metaphors we use, and the implications they bear, see Keith Fort, "The Psychopathology of the Everyday Language of the Profession of Literary Studies," College English 40 (1979): 751-63. 73· Cf. Herbert N. Schneidau, Sacred Discontent: The Bible and Western Tradition (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1976).

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