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Encyclopedia of literary critics and criticism /
consultant, John Sutherland ; edited by Chris Murray.
imprint
London ; Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999.
description
2 v. (xxviii, 1332 p.)
ISBN
1579581447 (set)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
London ; Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999.
isbn
1579581447 (set)
contents note
v. 1. A-K -- v. 2. L-Z
catalogue key
3420072
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-04-01:
An update of Salem Press's 1987 title Critical Survey of Literary Theory, this completely revised and expanded edition is a very useful and in-depth resource. The two-volume set includes 375 entries on both Western and non-Western literary traditions, from the start of criticism with the Greeks through postmodernism. Varying in length from a couple of long paragraphs to several pages, the entries are of four different types: on individuals, surveys of literary periods, essays on critical theories, and definitions of key concepts. The entries on individuals, such as Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida, investigate in detail the critic's thinking and influence. The surveys of literary periods cover different schools or time periods, including 20th-century French, British, and American theory. The criticism essays explain 28 different schools such as reader-response and semiotics, while terms covered in the short-definitions sections range from the surreal to the pastoral. More extensive in scope (both in geographical range and time periods) than other like references, this work will serve students and reference librarians well. Highly recommended for academic libraries.--Neal Wyatt, Chesterfield Cty. P.L., Richmond, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2000-05-01:
Murray reincarnates Critical Survey of Literary Theory, ed. by Frank Magill (CH, Feb'89), with 800- to 14,000-word entries that range from Japan to Yale, ancient Greeks to postmodern French. Multiple tables of contents, title and subject indexes, and see also references map 39 concepts, 292 critics/thinkers, 28 theories/approaches, and 15 national/period surveys; about seven percent of the entries cover non-Euro-American traditions. The writing, strong and scholarly, is not so specialized as that in the 20th-century-oriented Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory, ed. by Irena Makaryk (CH, Nov'93), or the more eclectic Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, ed. by Michael Groden and Martin Kreiswirth (CH, Jul'94). Murray adds over 100 well-chosen entries, reorders the segments of entries for critics, expands and updates bibliographies, and promotes concepts/theories from glossary to entry status and integrates them with personal, national, and period entries into one alphabetical sequence. Murray's claim to completely revise Magill is exaggerated, however. Most articles have undergone at best cosmetic changes (satisfactory, since they were good originally), but entries for some living critics have been insufficiently revised; e.g., Henry Louis Gates still teaches at Cornell, Foucault dies with unintended irony from a "rare neurological disorder," and a few others such as Soyinka stall in the mid-1980s. "Modern Literary Theory" stops where Magill's stopped, by way of "revision," changing "1980s" to "1990s" in its conclusion, and overlaps without referencing them the new 20th-century British, French, and US criticism articles. The latter are short on media theory and "cultural" approaches and fail to reference other new entries on cultural and film criticism, queer and postcolonial theory, that would flesh them out. That said, and however individual readers may dispute particular articles' emphases or editorial choices about whom/what to enter, Murray is unique in scope and a worthy addition to academic reference collections. R. H. Kieft; Haverford College
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This encyclopedia provides a comprehensive guide to a wide range of individual writers, critics and theorists. It includes all significant figures from Plato to the present day.
Main Description
The world of literary theory and criticism has recently become increasingly complex and multi-faceted: theEncyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticismprovides a comprehensive guide (historcal and interntional) to a wide range of individual writers, critics and theorists, to major theories, and to central criticl concepts. Authoritative yet accessible, the entries range from 900 to 4,000 words, and all include an up to -date guide to further reading. Many provide a detailed discussion of a subject; others give an overview that draws together a range of themes and writers. Its scope makes theEncyclopediaunique: it includes all significant figures from Plato to the present day, and also traditions outside the Western critical canon, including, for example, those of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Arabic literature.There are extensive indexes with more than 20,000 entries, of names, subject and titles. In addition there are cross references and a chronological listing of individualsappearing in the book.
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The world of literary theory and criticism has recently become increasingly complex and multi-faceted: the Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism provides a comprehensive guide (historical and international) to a wide range of individual writers, critics and theorists, to major theories, and to central critical concepts. Authoritative yet accessible, the entries range from 900 to 4,000 words, and all have an up-to-date guide to further reading. Many provide a detailed discussion of a subject; others give an overview that draws together a range of themes and writers.Its scope makes the Encyclopedia unique: it includes all significant figures from Plato to the present day, and also traditions outside the Western critical canon, including, for example, those of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Arabic literature. Extensive indexes with more than 20,000 entries provide name, subject and title-listing information. In addition there are cross references and a chronological listing of individuals appearing,in the book. These features will help readers explore themes and concepts across the whole range of entries. Entries include: Matthew Arnold; St. Augustine; Jean Baudrillard; Black literary theory and criticism; Harold Bloom; Helene Cixous; Film theory and criticism; Gay theory and criticism; hermeneutics; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Emmanuel Kant; Julia Kristeva; Popular literature; Romanticism; Edward Said; Susan Sontag; etc.

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