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The Johns Hopkins guide to literary theory & criticism /
edited by Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
description
xvii, 985 p. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0801880106 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
isbn
0801880106 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5223778
 
Copy 2 is gift to Victoria University Library. Sparshott, Francis E. 2005/02/22.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-06-01:
First published in 1994 (CH, Jul'94, 31-5782), this title has established itself as one of the main references in the field, through well-written, in-depth articles on critics, schools, periods, and critical innovations of specific countries and ethnic traditions. This edition maintains the format, scope, structure, and quality of its predecessor, while adding 45 new entries on topics such as "Globalization," "Genetic Criticism," and "Visual Culture." Written by an international body of scholars, the 241 alphabetically arranged essays are duly cross-referenced, signed, and provide selective bibliographies. Entries have been revised to reflect current interest, and previously covered figures have been folded into larger essays to make room for new or rediscovered critics. Bourdieu, Hall, and Sedgwick are among the newcomers, but Richards, Rorty, and Sontag are no longer treated individually. While some changes are debatable, the guide remains an indispensable bargain for any library covering literary theory. Competitors are Encyclopedia of Critics and Literary Criticism, ed. by Chris Murray (2v., CH, May'00, 37-4835), and The Continuum Encyclopedia of Modern Criticism and Theory, ed. by Julian Wolfreys et al. (CH, Dec'02, 40-1891), but Johns Hopkins has better currency. It contains name and subject indexes, as well as lists of entries and contributors. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and higher. E. S. Hierl University of Chicago
Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-03-01:
This self-defensively ``postmodern'' guide provides 226 essay-length overviews of critics, schools, movements, and national and ethnic groups important to the study of literary theory and criticism. The descriptive entries, which include a primary and secondary bibliography and an abundance of cross references that facilitate exploration, are authoritative and well written. The entries in Hugh Holman's Handbook to Literature (Macmillan, 1992. 6th ed.) are both much shorter and more accessible, but individual critics are not included. Magill's Critical Survey of Poetry (Salem Pr., 1992. rev. ed.), on the other hand, gives critical analyses of poets but deals only briefly with terms and concepts. By covering terms and critics, this guide does the work of both sources, filling a niche for scholars and graduate students in literature and related fields.-- Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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The new Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism is very exciting. I especially like the match up of authors with subjects. The coverage is ample and the array of topics superb. This new Guide will add to the Press's lustre as a publisher of reference books. Beyond that, it promises to be an invaluable source of new ideas as well as information -- which any reference work worth its salt should be.
"The new Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism is very exciting. I especially like the match up of authors with subjects. The coverage is ample and the array of topics superb. This new Guide will add to the Press's lustre as a publisher of reference books. Beyond that, it promises to be an invaluable source of new ideas as well as information -- which any reference work worth its salt should be."--Hayden White, University of California, Santa Cruz.
"In the maze of writers and positions, past and present, that surround us in the field that we refer to as 'theory' nowadays, this volume should indeed be an invaluable guide." -- Murray Krieger, University of California, Irvine
In the maze of writers and positions, past and present, that surround us in the field that we refer to as 'theory' nowadays, this volume should indeed be an invaluable guide .
In the maze of writers and positions, past and present, that surround us in the field that we refer to as 'theory' nowadays, this volume should indeed be an invaluable guide.
"Two centuries ago this jumbo-size book would have come into the world not modestly as a 'guide' but as a fully fledged encyclopedia. It divides a whole field of knowledge into its constituent parts and presents them in alphabetical order with great lucidity... This is a text whose coverage and the general excellence of its entries really will suit the everyday business of study and research." -- Simon During, The Australian
Two centuries ago this jumbo-size book would have come into the world not modestly as a 'guide' but as a fully fledged encyclopedia. It divides a whole field of knowledge into its constituent parts and presents them in alphabetical order with great lucidity... This is a text whose coverage and the general excellence of its entries really will suit the everyday business of study and research.
"This edition of the Guide is a terrific resource... I know I'll be consulting it frequently until the third edition arrives." -- James Phelan, University of Toronto Quarterly
"Two centuries ago this jumbo-size book would have come into the world not modestly as a 'guide' but as a fully fledged encyclopedia. It divides a whole field of knowledge into its constituent parts and presents them in alphabetical order with great lucidity, as if to the uninformed... This is a text whose coverage and the general excellence of its entries really will suit the everyday business of study and research."--Simon During, The Australian
This edition of the Guide is a terrific resource... I know I'll be consulting it frequently until the third edition arrives.
"This comprehensive and easily understood reference book will serve as an indispensable guide for helping students or scholars assess and discuss an overwhelming body of material, especially such 'buzz' topics as multiculturalism." -- Cristian Salazar, Bloomsbury Review
Nothing quite matches this in scope and depth. Taken as a whole, the guide provides a synoptic overview of literary theory from a twentieth-century Western point of view. The articles are succinct and pointed.
"Nothing quite matches this in scope and depth. Taken as a whole, the guide provides a synoptic overview of literary theory from a twentieth-century Western point of view. The articles are succinct and pointed."--Jeffrey R. Luttrell, American Reference Books Annual, 1995
The new version of Guide will provide a new generation of scholars and students with an exhaustive reference, but it will also serve as a valuable and critical measurement of the discipline.
"The new version of Guide will provide a new generation of scholars and students with an exhaustive reference, but it will also serve as a valuable and critical measurement of the discipline." -- Michael Kramp, Rocky Mountain Review
"The new version of Guide will provide a new generation of scholars and students with an exhaustive reference, but it will also serve as a valuable and critical measurement of the discipline." -- Rocky Mountain Review
This comprehensive and easily understood reference book will serve as an indispensable guide for helping students or scholars assess and discuss an overwhelming body of material, especially such 'buzz' topics as multiculturalism.
"This comprehensive and easily understood reference book will serve as an indispensable guide for helping students or scholars assess and discuss an overwhelming body of material, especially such 'buzz' topics as multiculturalism."-- Bloomsbury Review
"In all, the Guide's substantial essays provide an appropriately updated sense of the most important issues and figures in contemporary theoretical discussions of literature and interpretation." -- Mark M. Freed, Journal of Midwest Modern Language Assoc.
In all, the Guide 's substantial essays provide an appropriately updated sense of the most important issues and figures in contemporary theoretical discussions of literature and interpretation.
In all, the Guide's substantial essays provide an appropriately updated sense of the most important issues and figures in contemporary theoretical discussions of literature and interpretation.
Books such as Holman's Handbook to Literature define these concepts briefly but are no substitute for the Guide's analytical essays and their explanations of the development and significance of key critical theories and their methods. Since the Guide is more comprehensive and analytical than Wendell Harris's Dictionary of Concepts in Literary Criticism and Theory, no academic library reference collection can do without it.
"Books such as Holman's Handbook to Literature define these concepts briefly but are no substitute for the Guide's analytical essays and their explanations of the development and significance of key critical theories and their methods. Since the Guide is more comprehensive and analytical than Wendell Harris's Dictionary of Concepts in Literary Criticism and Theory, no academic library reference collection can do without it."-- Wilson Library Bulletin
Certainly it should (and I hope -- will) be adopted by research librarians affiliated with any credible institution of higher learning.
"Certainly it should (and I hope -- will) be adopted by research librarians affiliated with any credible institution of higher learning." -- Matthew Biberman, English Studies in Canada
First published in 1994, this title has established itself as one of the main references in the field, through well-written, in-depth articles on critics, schools, periods, and critical innovations of specific countries and ethnic traditions.
"First published in 1994, this title has established itself as one of the main references in the field, through well-written, in-depth articles on critics, schools, periods, and critical innovations of specific countries and ethnic traditions."-- Choice
"A satisfying offering in the discipline of literary theory." -- Kirkus Reviews
A satisfying offering in the discipline of literary theory; The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism endeabors to cover not only individual critics and philosophers from antiquity to the present day, but also the full range of the many diverse schools of critical thought.
"A satisfying offering in the discipline of literary theory; The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism endeabors to cover not only individual critics and philosophers from antiquity to the present day, but also the full range of the many diverse schools of critical thought."-- Kirkus Reviews
A superlative work of reference that can be read for information, and not just another overview. It provides a comprehensive historical survey of ideas and scholars from Plato to modern times, examining developments in other disciplines which have shaped literary theory and criticism.
"A superlative work of reference that can be read for information, and not just another overview. It provides a comprehensive historical survey of ideas and scholars from Plato to modern times, examining developments in other disciplines which have shaped literary theory and criticism."--Shelley Walla, Literary Review
Books such as Holman's Handbook to Literature define these concepts briefly but are no substitute for the Guide 's analytical essays and their explanations of the development and significance of key critical theories and their methods. Since the Guide is more comprehensive and analytical than Wendell Harris's Dictionary of Concepts in Literary Criticism and Theory , no academic library reference collection can do without it.
A massive, double-columned Yellow Pages of lit crit. If it falls between Abrams and Zola, historically between Plato and postmodernism, intellectually between Aristotle and feminism, or geographically between Japanese Theory and Criticism and Caribbean, you can probably find it here.
"A massive, double-columned Yellow Pages of lit crit. If it falls between Abrams and Zola, historically between Plato and postmodernism, intellectually between Aristotle and feminism, or geographically between Japanese Theory and Criticism and Caribbean, you can probably find it here."--Ray Carney, Partisan Review
"An uncommonly absorbing reference book that attempts to map changes wrought by an anxious new worldliness and self-consciousness among scholars, which the term 'theory' connotes... For writers and critics, The Johns Hopkins Guide is a must, but every committed reader will want to own it."-- San Francisco Chronicle
An uncommonly absorbing reference book that attempts to map changes wrought by an anxious new worldliness and self-consciousness among scholars, which the term 'theory' connotes... For writers and critics, [this] is a must, but every committed reader will want to own it.
"An uncommonly absorbing reference book that attempts to map changes wrought by an anxious new worldliness and self-consciousness among scholars, which the term 'theory' connotes... For writers and critics, [this] is a must, but every committed reader will want to own it." -- San Francisco Chronicle
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The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism has become the indispensable resource for scholars and students of literary theory and discourse. The long-awaited second edition includes 48 new entries and subentries and has been revised throughout, taking account of ten years of rapidly changing scholarship. While concentrating on the explosion of contemporary critical and theoretical works, the Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of ideas and individuals ranging from Plato and Aristotle to twentieth-century scholars. It includes more than 240 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. It also examines developments in other disciplines which have shaped literary theory and criticism. An international, encyclopedic guide to the field's most important figures, schools, and movements, the new edition reflects the state of literary theory and criticism.

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