Summary: 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.