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The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism
Synopses & Reviews
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism presents a staggeringly varied collection of the most influential critical statements from the classical era to the present day. Edited by scholars and teachers whose interests range from the history of poetics to postmodernism, from classical rhetoric to eriture feminine, and from the social construction of gender to the machinery of academic superstardom, The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism promises to become the standard anthology in its field.<P>The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism offers nearly twice the number of selections in other leading anthologies and more twentieth-century selections than any other text (including anthologies devoted solely to the twentieth century).
Book News Annotation:
This welcome addition to the Norton anthologies binds the writings from 148 authors—among them Gorgias of Leontini, Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus, Quintilian, Dante, Corneille, Dryden, Aphra Behn, Vico, Wollstonecraft, Coleridge, Poe, Baudelaire, Lukacs, Heidegger, Gramsci, Barthes, Raymond Williams, Haraway, Hebdige, hooks, Judith Butler, and the most recent theorist, Stuart Moulthrop. Writers are arranged according to linear time, but can be found in an alternative table of contents under movements (e.g., cultural studies, deconstruction and poststructuralism, queer theory); genres (poetry, novel, etc.); historical periods, and within a section called "Issues and Topics" (e.g., the body, authorship, the canon, narrative, representation and realism, the modern). Each author is substantially and substantively introduced, and then provided with a bibliography. Issues of race, nationality, class, gender, and sexuality are well- represented, but those of species and (dis)ability, nearly absent. A necessary reader and money-saver for the English graduate student.
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The most comprehensive anthology of theory and criticism, now up-to-date and global.
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticismpresents a staggeringly varied collection of the most influential critical statements from the classical era to the present day. Edited by scholars and teachers whose interests range from the history of poetics to postmodernism, from classical rhetoric to riture fminine, and from the social construction of gender to the machinery of academic superstardom, The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticismpromises to become the standard anthology in its field.
Edited by scholars and teachers whose interests range from the history of poetics to postmodernism, from classical rhetoric to ériture féminine, and from the social construction of gender to the machinery of academic superstardom, The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism promises to become the standard anthology in its field.
About the Author
William E. Cainis the Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English and the director of American Studies at Wellesley College. A scholar of American literature and American literary criticism, Professor Cain is the author of The Crisis in Criticism: Theory, Literature, and Reform in English Studiesand F. O. Matthiessen and the Politics of Criticism. He is the editor of A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreauand co-editor (with Diane Sadoff) of Teaching Literary Theory to Undergraduates. In addition, he has edited a selection of writings by William Lloyd Garrison, and published a critical and contextual edition of The Blithedale Romance.
Laurie A. Finkeis professor and director of the Women"s and Gender Studies Program at Kenyon College. A prominent medievalist and feminist critic, Professor Finke is the author of Feminist Theory, Women"s Writingand of Women"s Writing in English: Medieval England, as well as editor of Medieval Texts and Contemporary Readers, The Sexual Economies of Medieval Romance, and From Renaissance to Restoration: Metamorphoses of the Drama.
Barbara E. Johnsonis professor of English and comparative literature and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. She is a leading figure in contemporary literary theory and the author of The Critical Difference: Essays in the Contemporary Rhetoric of Reading; A World of Difference; The Wake of Deconstruction; and The Feminist Difference: Literature, Psychoanalysis, Race and Gender. Professor Johnson is also the translator of Jacques Derrida"s Dissemination.
John P. McGowanis professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a founding member of UNC"s Program in Cultural Studies. First trained in Victorian literature, Professor McGowan is a leading scholar of postmodernism and of the intersection of political theory and literary theory. He is the author of Representation and Revelation: Victorian Realism from Carlyle to Yeats, Postmodernism and Its Critics, and Hannah Arendt: An Introduction, and is co-editor (with Craig Calhoun) of Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics.
Jeffrey L. Williamsis associate professor of English at the University of Missouri. He has published widely on theory, the novel, and the politics of the profession. He is the author of Theory and the Novel: Narrative Reflexivity in the British Traditionand is the editor of PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academyand The Institution of Literature. Since 1992, Professor Williams has edited the literary and critical journal Minnesota Review.
Vincent B. Leitch, General Editor, is a professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he holds the Paul and Carol Daube Sutton Chair in English. A foremost historian of contemporary literary criticism and theory, Professor Leitch is the author of the standard history, American Literary Criticism from the 1930s to the 1980s, as well as of Deconstructive Criticism; Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism; and Postmodernism-Local Effects, Global Flows.
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