Doing Things with Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory

Meyer Howard Abrams, Author, Michael Fisher, Editor W. W. Norton & Company $27.5 (0p) ISBN 978-0-393-02713-6
The author, a literary traditionalist, is under whelmed by fashionable deconstructionists like Jacques Derrida or ``Newreaders'' Harold Bloom and Stanley Fish. By treating works of art as self-sufficient objects, these critics often fail to grasp the meanings that a poem, story or novel generates as a human document, Abrams charges. In a group of essays and reviews geared to the serious student or scholar, the Cornell professor emeritus pulls the rugs out from under his opponents by analyzing ``art-for-the-sake-of-art'' criticism from a sociological standpoint, tracing its roots to 18th-century connoisseurship and the codification wd. ok? (not in web 3 or 9)/I think it should be codification/gs of literature. Throughout, Abrams ( The Mirror and the Lamp ) engages in dialogue with Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, Wordsworth, Aristotle, Wittgenstein and Milton. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/01/1989
Release date: 11/01/1989
Paperback - 448 pages - 978-0-393-30747-4
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