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By Vincent B. Leitch

American Literary feedback because the Nineteen Thirties absolutely updates Vincent B. Leitch’s vintage booklet, American Literary feedback from the 30s to the 80s following the advance of the yankee academy correct as much as the current day. up-to-date all through and with a new bankruptcy, this moment version: presents a severe historical past of yankee literary thought and perform, discussing the effect of significant colleges and events examines the social and cultural history to literary examine, contemplating the position of key theories and practices presents profiles of significant figures and influential texts, outlining the connections between theorists offers a brand new bankruptcy on advancements because the Eighties, together with discussions of feminist, queer, postcolonial and ethnic feedback. complete and fascinating, this booklet bargains a vital assessment of the advance of literary reports in American universities, and a springboard to extra examine for all these drawn to the improvement and research of Literature.

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R. S. While the era preceding the 1930s is fairly well covered, the subsequent eight decades in American criticism lack detailed and comprehensive synthetic historical narration. This book provides accounts of a dozen and a half American critical schools and movements of the period since the early 1930s. Each of the first thirteen chapters presents a history of a specific school or movement. Each covers pertinent social and cultural backgrounds, main figures and texts, key philosophical as well as critical theories and practices, and significant relations with allied and antagonistic contemporaneous movements in the USA and abroad.

Arnold Goldsmith’s American Literary Criticism 1905– 1965 (1979) also ends at the early 1960s and leaves out the New York Intellectuals, the phenomenologists, and the existentialists. Frank Lentricchia’s After the New Criticism (1980) confines its investigation to the period from 1957 to 1977. René Wellek’s American Criticism, 1900–1950 (1986)—the sixth volume in his monumental History of Modern Criticism (1955–93)—offers summary treatments of the Marxists, Chicago Critics, and New York Intellectuals.

Stanley Fish, Duke University “Leitch’s [book] really is an excellent advanced introduction to the history of literary theory in America, written in a lively style accessible even to the novice. This is a book worth recommending to students who are coming to literary theory for the first time as well as those who are interested in the historical, economic, cultural, social, intellectual and importantly, institutional contexts of contemporary theoretical debates and critical developments. ” Deborah L.

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