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At War with the Word: Literary Theory and Liberal Education
by R.V. Young
R.V. Young examines the dominant trends in literary theory during the past thirty years, chronicling their effect on the teaching of literature and the imparting of a liberal education.
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
(first published 1999)
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This is a fantastic book rebutting the claims of Decontructionism, New Historicism, Marxism and the like in literary theory and criticism and advocating for a return to more traditional views of literature. Every chapter in this is fantastic, and Young does a great job showing the absolute folly of these new literary trends by means of careful argument and sound rebuttals. Young's point on how Deconstructionism is basically Augustine's problem of language reworded but without Augustine's solutio ...more