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Criticism : Major Statements

Criticism : Major Statements - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0312137458

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ISBN10: 0312137451
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Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2000
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Criticism : Major Statements - 4TH 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312137458

Charles Kaplan and William Anderson

ISBN13: 978-0312137458
ISBN10: 0312137451
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 00
Publisher: Bedford Books

Published: 2000
International: No

Compact but comprehensive. The only paperback anthology of literary criticism for college courses that presents statements from Plato to the present gives instructors a smaller, less expensive alternative to large hardcover anthologies.

47 classic and contemporary critical statements.
Chronologically arranged, the anthology allows students to trace important concepts in the history of criticism from the ancient Greeks to postmodern critics.

Succinct, balanced editorial apparatus. The evenhanded apparatus helps students find their way into this challenging material, without dictating how they should read it. It includes headnotes, footnote glosses, bibliographies, and an index to help students trace connections among authors, works, and terms.

Author Bio

Kaplan, Charles : California State University, Northridge

Charles Kaplan (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is professor emeritus at California State University, Northridge, where he was the founding chairman of the English department in 1956. He has been a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, and has served on the original board of the California Council for the Humanities. Among his publications are Guided Composition, Critical Approaches to the Short Story, The Overwrought Urn, and Literature in America: The Modern Age. Since his retirement, Kaplan has been a reader for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.

Anderson, William : California State University, Northridge

William Davis Anderson (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is a professor of English at California State University, Northridge, where he has served as director of graduate studies, teacher preparation adviser, and chair of the department. His teaching, for which he has received a CSUN Distinguished Teaching Award, encompasses graduate courses in English Romanticism as well as undergraduate courses and graduate seminars in literary theory and criticism. He joined Charles Kaplan as coeditor for the third and fourth editions of Criticism: Major Statements. Of his other critical writings, Professor Anderson's favorite is his "Time and Memory in Nabokov's Lolita," published in The Centennial Review.

Table of Contents


Plato, The Republic: (Book X)
Plato, From The Ion
Aristotle, The Poetics
Longinus, On the Sublime
Horace, Epistle to the Pisones (The Art of Peotry)
*Dante, Alighieri, From the Letter to Can Grande della Scala
Sir Philip Sidney, An Apology for Poetry
John Dryden, An Essay of Dramatic Poesy
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
Samuel Johnson, Preface to Shakespeare
*Immanuel Kant, From Critique of Judgement
William Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, From Biographia Literaria
John Keats, Four Letters
Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry
*Karl Marx, From The German Ideology
*Friedrich Nietzsche, From The Birth of Tragedy
Matthew Arnold, The Study of Poetry
Walter Pater, From Studies in the History of the Renaissance
Henry James, The Art of Fiction
*Oscar Wilde, From The Critic as Artist
Leo Tolstoy, What is Art?
*Sigmund Freud, The Theme of the Three Caskets
T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent
Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare's Sister from a Room of One's Own
*Mikhail Bakhtin, Heteroglossia in the Novel
John Crowe Ransom, Criticism as Pure Speculation
Cleanth Brooks, Keat's Sylvan Historian
Northrop Frye, The Archetypes of Literature
*Roland Barthes, The Structuralist Activity
Jacques Derrida, Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences
Adrenne Rich, When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision
Terry Eagleton, From Marxism and Literary Criticism
*Michel Foucault, What is an Author?
Paul de Man, Semiology and Rhetoric
Stanley Fish, Is There a Text in this Class?
*Nina Baym, Melodramas of Beset Manhood
*Umberto Eco, The Deconstruction of the Linguistic Sign
Elaine Showalter, Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism
Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespeare and the Exorcists
*Barbara Johnson, A Hound, a Bay Horse, and a Turtle Dove: Obscurity in Walden from a World of Difference
*Shoshana Felman, The Case of Poe
*Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Tradition and the Female Talent: Modernism and Masulinism from No Man's land
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Trope of the Talking Book from The Signifying Monkey
*Eve Kosofsky Sedgewisk, From Epistemology of the Closet
*George P. Landow, From Hypertext: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology
*Homi K. Bhabha, The Postcolonial and the Postmodern: The Question of Agency from location of culture

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