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This bestseller balances a comprehensive and up-to-date anthology of major documents in literary criticism and theory — from Plato to the present — with the most thorough editorial support for understanding these challenging readings....

Title : The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends
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ISBN : 9780312415204
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Number of Pages : 2075 Pages
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  • Taylor
    2019-06-14 15:45

    I absolutely loved this collection of essays. Richter complied a great list from the ancients (Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, Plotinus) to Hegel, Sontag, Nietzsche, and the postmodernists (Lyotard, Baudrillard, Jameson).A few of the stand-out essays for me are:Excerpt from Poetics by AristotlePlato's Republic: Book X"On the Sublime" by Longinus"Introduction to the Art of Poetry" by G.W.F. Hegel"Against Interpretation" by Susan Sontag"The Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes"The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" by Walter BenjaminI would recommend this collection to anyone. It's a valuable resource, not just for the writer, but also for the filmgoer and reader. These philosophers try to understand why art is so important. I am glad Martin Heidegger made the cut, but I wish there would have been more than just "Holderlin and the Essence of Poetry." Even though this is his only essay directly referencing literature, his other works are important, particularly Being and Time.

  • Adam
    2019-05-26 12:33

    Probably read around 75 percent of this over the years. As far as I'm concerned, the Norton anthology, the only real competition, does not remotely compare. Rating is not for all the content, some of which, frankly, sucks. The five stars are warranted because this thing is an incomparable resource.Unless you're an actual lit theory scholar (as opposed to just an English lit scholar who has studied lit theory), you really probably don't need much more than what's included here. And, of course, major recent books in specific areas, such as, say, Terrorist Assemblages, probably necessary if you want to keep up with what's going on.Fascinating, by the way, if you read this thing, how lit theory just took a massive turn around the early 20th century and never looked back. If you want to read recent work analogous to the earlier texts featured here or in other anthologies, seek out stuff in the field titled... "Philosophy of Literature." Stanford has a good introduction online.

  • Mila
    2019-05-23 17:52

    To be fair, I haven't exactly finished this monster of a text. I lugged it around and slaved over it for a year while in various theory courses and I grew to really love it. the time I complained about its size because my poor Morrissey tote could only handle so much and I'm pretty sure this book is what ripped a hole in the side of said Morrissey tote and now I remember I've been meaning to fix that hole. Anyway, every one in a while I like to pull this book out and flip through the Bible-thin pages to see my scratch in the margins detailing what I thought to be brilliant remarks at the time but now just seem forced and redundant.

  • Heather
    2019-06-04 13:39

    This book is heavy. It hurt my back carrying it around. I once imagined it bloated and discarded in my bathtub. I admit--I didn't read it in its entirety, nor was I expected to for the Poetics class this last semester. But the essays in this book I did read helped me to form a clearer idea of what I believe good poetry should be. Of course, I still expect that idea to change.Also, I had never read Marx before I read him in this book. Geez Louise. Why hadn't I?

  • Humphrey
    2019-05-29 16:28

    (Doing this slightly pre-emptively, so that I don't run out of time to write this down later. Gonna miss this baby.)Foucault - What is an Author?Barthes - The Death of the AuthorGadamer - The Elevation of the Historicality of Understanding to the Status of Hermeneutic PrincipleIser - The Reading Process: A Phenomenological ApproachWimsatt/Beardsley - The Intentional FallacyRichards/Beardsley - Principles of Literary CriticismCleanth Brooks - Irony as a Principle of StructureBarthes - The Structuralist ActivityLevi-Strauss - The Structural Study of MythJakobson - Linguistics and PoeticsDerrida - Structure, Sign and Play in DiscourseDerrida - DifferanceDe Man - Semiology and RhetoricPeter Brooks - Freud's MasterplotLacan - The Agency of the Letter in the UnconsciousT. S. Eliot - Tradition and the Individual TalentBloom - A Meditation Upon PriorityZizek - Courtly LoveJauss - Literary History as a Challenge to Literary TheoryBakhtin - Heteroglossia in the NovelBenjamin - The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical ReproductionAdorno/Horkheimer - The Culture IndustryJameson - The Political UnconsciousGreenblatt - The Power of FormsWoolf - Austen-Bronte-EliotWoolf - The Adrogynous VisionKolodny - Dancing through the MinefieldGates - Writing, 'Race', and the Difference it MakesMorrison - Playing in the DarkSaid - Introduction to OrientalismBhabha - Signs Taken for WondersFoucault - [from] The History of SexualityButler - Imitation and Gender InsubordinationFish - How to Recognize a Poem When You See OneGuillory - [from] Culture CapitalKnapp/Michaels - Against Theory

  • M
    2019-06-15 19:38

    Picked this up (had it from college from a class I never actually got around to taking, sitting on my shelf) to see how Derrida and Foucault were striking me these days. The answer was: "Structure, Sign and Play" is VASTLY more lucid than I remembered, and enviably compact with its ideas, which nobody else seems to notice. And as for Foucault, my _lord_ was 21-year-old me an angry literalist for hating on 'What is an Author?' because I couldn't get around the image of actual people sitting at typewriters.Guess all that Nagarjuna mellowed me out?Anyway, hilariously I'm now plowing through the 1400 pages of this monster straight through, with judicious skipping of things like Yet Another Elizabethan Apology for The Existence of Poets. Watching Plotinus start talking about art and then turn into a meditation manual. Realizing how utterly a Romantic I was about books growing up (Shelley. Schiller. Coleridge. Keats. THAT THING.), and watching Kant fuddy-duddy his way into obliterating the moral center of art, thank God. Yelling at Hegel for being incredibly awful. Finding reasons almost to hug that Nazi shithead Heidegger for talking about the use of language to MAKE being. And rereading early Nietzsche with the background this time, watching him be adorable in creating an entire theology of art just to explain why he doesn't like Monteverdi and does like Wagner (but then stopped liking Wagner, almost immediately afterward). Probably more to come. Next up comes the New Critics, then Theory Mania.

  • Teena Brown
    2019-06-04 12:37

    Don't actually plan on reading this entire book as it is over 2000 pages. So I won't pretend to comment on it's content. I will however state that I think it is criminal that it was published with the intent of requiring students everywhere to lug it around. It's a godawful millstone! The least they could have done was give it wider margins toward the binding so that it could be copied or scanned. Or divide it into 2 volumes? So far, not a fan.Later... Almost done with this thing. Have to admit I have found many of the essays useful and informative. Have also found many of them tedious and incomprehensible. Maybe I'm just not that smart, which if fine. I'm beginning to question whether I want to be "that smart" anyway.

  • Terquoise
    2019-06-10 15:47

    Had to get this book for a Literary Criticism class, and found it very interesting-even the dry sections from Plato and Freud. Admittedly, I did not have to read every section, but it was so interesting, I even kept the book after class was over.The sections on feminist criticism were especially thought-provoking. Basically, this books is for folks who like theory and those who are true bibliophiles.

  • Noelle
    2019-06-08 19:37

    My only real critique is that this should have been broken into various volumes rather than one giant text for a student to carry around. Other than being large and heavy, it's a very good compilation of essays and various writings. A lot of detail, though I'm not a huge fan of any of the author summaries.

  • April
    2019-06-04 15:29

    "Issues in Criticism" -University of Saint Thomas, required text. Master's in English.Obviously I did not FINISH this book, and probably never will. But this book is essential for anyone wanting to study literary theory. It is a compilation of excerpts from the best works of different famous writers that are critical in their literary theory field.

  • Jen
    2019-06-06 11:52

    I read this because I had to for a course, but I did find it interesting. It's a very long and tedious read, but it does contain some good information. This is a book that discusses the nuances of literary criticism. If you enjoy that kind of thing, then read it. However, if you're not much of a fan of what people think of someone else's writing then definitely find a different genre. I did.

  • Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
    2019-06-05 19:47

    I didn't actually read every article in here, but I read most of them. It was dense reading and hard to get through, but the struggle was worth it. I really liked learning about different views on literature and art.It was pain to lug around for a year in my theory class, but I finished, survived, and actually enjoyed the book.

  • Quyen Hoang
    2019-06-10 11:31

    Amazing and dense. Great compilation of literary theory and criticism texts, good introduction to the major arguments and ideological themes. Rented the book for a course, ended up buying it afterwards.

  • Courtney
    2019-05-28 18:43

    Though this book earned the nickname BEAST shortly after it was purchased, and every time I grabbed it from my bag to study people thought I was reading the dictionary, I actually enjoyed it. The literature selections were great as well as the theory overviews.

  • Christopher Green
    2019-06-06 17:44

    Wow, what can i say about this one? There's just som much in there. I didn't read all of it, but quite a bit.

  • Robert Bartram
    2019-05-31 12:32

    a good compilation of writings in critical theories. I recommended as an excellent resource.

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  • Amandria
    2019-06-19 19:49

    A lot of good stuff in here, we're using it as a text for one of my classes.

  • Leslie D. Soule
    2019-06-18 13:34

    A great resource for any English major - it's a great collection of works about the "science" of literary criticism.

  • Matthew Raketti
    2019-06-10 19:50

    Fantastic resource for all things pertaining to the written word. Don't be mistaken by the title. This is a cross-disciplinary resource with material applicable to wide range of domains.

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  • Matt
    2019-06-02 16:35

    BOOM. Whole thing, month and a half. Quite an experience.

  • Crystal
    2019-05-22 13:27

    This is a fantastic textbook and quite enjoyable if you live and breathe literary criticism but it's very dense reading.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-08 19:26

    This was great. It was required for class and I have learned a lot from it. This book is a keeper, not a sell back.