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The Continuum encyclopedia of modern criticism and theory /
general editor, Julian Wolfreys ; editorial associates, Ruth Robbins, Kenneth Womack ; editorial assistants, Kara Kalenius ... [et al.].
imprint
New York : Continuum, 2002.
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xiii, 882 p. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0826414141
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-12-01:
Graduate students and faculty (this book's target audience) who have to do with contemporary literary and cultural theory are accustomed to scholarly critiques whose forms attempt self-consciously to demonstrate their critical approach. In its effort to show that US, British, and Continental theory are cross-disciplinary and contextualized, this encyclopedia presents entries that intermingle, describing in detail genealogies of ideas and webs of contact and influence among theorists and schools. Maverick critics like Kenneth Burke (whose influence has been greater but more diffuse) are largely ignored, but the signed, erudite narratives cohere remarkably well. Unfortunately, cross-references and a general bibliography are lacking, as is authority control for the main index (which has entries for "Trilling, L." and "Trilling, Lionel"). For quicker reference or undergraduate use, The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism, ed. by Michael Groden and Martin Kreiswirth (CH, Jul'94) or Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory, ed. by Irena R. Makaryk (CH, Nov'93) work better. Specialists will prefer the present work. D. Orcutt North Carolina State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 2002-06-15:
This new single-volume introduction to the history of criticism in the humanities should find a welcome and useful place in most reference collections. More than 100 essays, varying in length from three to ten pages and written by experts in the various fields of criticism, are divided into three main sections. Part 1, "Critical Discourse in Europe" (the most extensive with 54 essays), begins with Descartes and Spinoza and ends with an essay by Nicholas T. Rand on French psychoanalytic literary criticism. Part 2, "Theories and Practice of Criticism in North America," begins with an excellent short essay by Kenneth Womack on Charles Sanders Peirce and semiotics and concludes with an essay by David Alderson on masculinity and cultural studies. Part 3, "Criticism, Literary and Cultural Studies in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales," deals with the history and development of criticism and literary and cultural studies in the United Kingdom from Coleridge to British poststructuralism after 1968. The brevity of the essays generally precludes real in-depth analysis and explication of the various topics covered, but that is not the purpose of this volume, which is to provide an overview of the development of humanities criticism. To this end, it succeeds exceptionally well; editor Wolfreys (English, Univ. of Florida) is to be congratulated. Recommended for all academic and public libraries. Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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SAt first glance, seeing a book on literary theory might cause the hair to raise and the lip to twitch Happily, this volume of more than 100 essays on modern literary criticism offers students and faculty a lantern for the dark land of the history and development of literary and cultural criticism It appears a must buy for those interested in its subject matter. “35th Annual American Reference Books Annual, 2004
S highly recommended for academic collections. - American Reference Books Annual, Vol. 36, 2005
"The book's value lies in the depth and range of its entries as essential points of view and issues are clarified and areas for further research and study are suggested. The upper-level undergraduate and the graduate student will benefit from the overviews and analysis presented in each entry...Written with clarity and presented with the necessary detail to cover each topic, the technical jargon within each entry can easily be overcome by referring to the glossary for explanations and the index for cross-referencing...this reviewer, highly recommends this book to the serious student."
At first glance, seeing a book on literary theory might cause the hair to raise and the lip to twitch…Happily, this volume of more than 100 essays on modern literary criticism offers students and faculty a lantern for the dark land of the history and development of literary and cultural criticism…It appears a must buy for those interested in its subject matter. 35th Annual American Reference Books Annual, 2004
"This new single-volume introduction to the history of criticism in the humanities should find a welcome and useful place in most reference collections....It succeeds exceptionally well; editor Wolfreys is to be congratulated."--Library Journal starred review
…highly recommended for academic collections. - American Reference Books Annual, Vol. 36, 2005
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The Continuum Encyclopedia of Modern Criticism and Theory offers the student and scholar of literary and cultural studies the most comprehensive, single volume guide to the history and development of modern criticism in the humanities. In a clearly organized format, this major reference work takes the reader through introductions to historically influential philosophers, literary critics, schools of thought and movements from Spinoza and Descartes to Phenomenology and Heidegger, before turning to its three principal areas of critical attention: Europe, North America and Great Britain. Addressing the development of literary criticism and theory within the cultural, ideological, historical and institutional parameters of their growth, the Encyclopedia provides simultaneously a stimulating introduction to theoretical engagement in the humanities, while also offering lucidly written critical interventions into current theory and criticism. Furthermore, while remaining aware of the importance of various contexts,within which criticism has grown, the essays also concern themselves with the cross-fertilization between the various academic and intellectual cultures under consideration. With more than 100 essays from an internationally renowned body of scholars, all of whom are recognized experts in their respective fields, The Continuum Encyclopedia of Modern Criticism and Theory offers student readers, scholars and libraries a unique, challenging and indispensable reference guide.
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The Continuum Encyclopedia of Modern Criticism and Theory offers the student and scholar of literary and cultural studies the most comprehensive, single volume guide to the history and development of modern criticism in the humanities. In a clearly organized format, this major reference work takes the reader through introductions to historically influential philosophers, literary critics, schools of thought and movements from Spinoza and Descartes to Phenomenology and Heidegger, before turning to its three principal areas of critical attention: Europe, North America and Great Britain. >
Table of Contents
Foreword
Critical Discourse in Europe
Rene Descartes and Baruch Spinoza: Beginnings
Immanuel Kant and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin
Karl Marx
Charles Baudelaire and Stéphane Mallarmé
Friedrich Nietzsche
Sigmund Freud
Ferdinand de Saussure and Structural Linguistics
Edmund Husserl
Phenomenology
Gaston Bachelard and George Canguilhem: Epistemology in France
Jean Paulhan and/versus Francis Ponge
Gy̦rgy Luk̒cs
Russian Formalism, the Moscow Linguistics Circle, and Prague Structuralism: Boris Eichenbaum, Jan Mukarovsky, Victor Shklovsky, Yuri Tynyanov, Roman Jakobson
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Martin Heidegger
Antonio Gramsci
Walter Benjamin
Reception Theory: Roman Ingarden, Hans-Georg Gadamer and the Geneva School
The Frankfurt School, the Marxist Tradition, Culture and Critical Thinking: Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Theodor Adorno, Jürgen Habermas
Mikhail Bakhtin
Georges Bataille and Maurice Blanchot
Bertolt Brecht
Jacques Lacan
The Reception of Hegel and Heidegger in France: Alexandre Kojÿve, John Hyppolite, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and Existentialism
Emmanuel Levinas
Simone de Beauvoir and French Feminism
Claude Lévi-Strauss
Jean Genet
Paul Ricoeur
Roland Barthes
French Structuralism: A. J. Greimas, Tzvetan Todorov and Gérard Genette
Louis Althusser and his Circle
Reception Theory and Reader-Response (I): Hans-Robert Jauss, Wolfgang Iser, and the School of Konstanz
Jean-Franàois Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard: The Suspicion of Metanarratives
The Social and the Cultural: Michel de Certeau, Pierre Bourdieu and Louis Marin
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari
Michel Foucault
Jacques Derrida
Luce Irigaray
Christian Metz
Guy Debord and the Situationist International
Umberto Eco
Modernities: Paul Virilio, Gianni Vattimo, Giorgio Agamben
Hélÿne Cixous
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy
Julia Kristeva
Slavoj Zizek
Cahiers du Cinéma
Critical Fictions: Experiments in Writing from Le Noveau Roman to the Oulipo
Tel Quel
Other French Feminisms: Sarah Kofman, Monique Wittig, Michÿle Le Doeuff
Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism in France
Theories and Practice of Criticism in North America
Charles Sanders Peirce and Semiotics
The New Criticism
The Chicago School
Northrop Frye
The Encounter with Structuralism and the Invention of Poststructuralism
Reception Theory and Reader-Response (II): Norman Holland, Stanley Fish and David Bleich
The Yale Critics? J. Hillis Miller, Geoffrey Hartman, Harold Bloom, Paul de Man
Deconstruction of America
Fredric Jameson and Marxist Literary and Cultural Criticism
Edward W. Said
American Feminisms: Images of Women and Gynocriticism
Feminisms in the 1980s and 1990s: The Encounter with Poststructuralism and Gender Studies
Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism
Feminists of Color
Stephen Greenblatt and the New Historicism
Lesbian and Gay Studies/Queer Theory
Postcolonial Studies
Cultural Studies and Multiculturalism
African-American Studies
Chicano/a Literature
Film Studies
Feminist Film Studies and Film Theory
Ethical Criticism
Postmodernism
The Role of Journals in Theoretical Debate
Whiteness Studies
Masculinity and Cultural Studies
Criticism, Literary and Cultural Studies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Matthew Arnold
John Ruskin and Walter Pater: Aesthetics and the State
Oscar Wilde: Aesthetics and Criticism
The Cambridge School: Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, I. A. Richards and William Empson
James Joyce: Theories of Literature
Virginia Woolf: Aesthetics
T. S. Eliot
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