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CRITICAL THEORY SINCE PLATO is a chronologically-arranged anthology that presents a broad survey of the history and development of literary criticism and theory in Western culture. Written by two well-known scholars in the field of literary study, this well-respected text puts an emphasis on the individual contributors to the development of literary criticism, from Plato ...more
Hardcover, 1568 pages
Published August 9th 2004 by Wadsworth Publishing (first published January 2nd 1992)
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Ross Lampert
From Plato to the late 1960s, the search for a way to find meaning in literature seemed to go down one rabbit hole after another. By the end of Hazard's compilation, we get statements like this, from Murray Krieger, the last contributor: "For the poem as discourse and thing is motion and is in motion. Yet it is motion in stillness, the stillness that is at once moving and forever still." A self-licking ice cream cone of self-contradictory nonsense.

I have other complaints about this book. First,
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Atra Bou
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book contains essays of great value for those who want to find writers who advocates the same opinions of a certain subject. I enjoyed reading Pope essay and discovering it. Also Oscar Wild's and Blake's
It is a must have for scholars, it serves as a dictionary for me whenever I want to find a writer who shares the same opinion as mine to backup my arguments.
Scott
Feb 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine primer on the ways in which we think critically about literature, starting with Plato's Republic and stopping on the cusp of the contemporary theoretical quagmire. The prose is keen yet dense, and I can't believe I read quite as much of this book as I did.
Sarah
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-studies
My major textbook in graduate school. Taught me a way of thinking.
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College textbook. Want to reread someday.
sologdin
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-theory
Indispensible for students of literature & literary theory. Designed principally for undergraduates, and providing a broad selection of western literary theory.

Not a substitute for actually reading all of the seminal texts, this volume will certainly fill the need for knowledge of the history of theory.

One of the best individual selections is Mazzoni's reading of Plato, in discussing Dante, regarding the functions of the fantastic and the icastic. The latter concerns the representation of
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Feliks
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: criticism
I consider this the most useful and salient collection of critical theory I've ever encountered. Adams gathers togther a very choice collection of essays, private letters, tributes, speeches, reviews and arguments which have trickled down to us throughout the ages. The selections here come from Greco-Roman philosophers, Renaissance painters; medieval monks, courtiers, epic poets, Elizabethan playwrights, existentialists, religious historians, surrealists...a vast panorama of creative intellects ...more
Jerrid Wolflick
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
I am not a great keeper of college textbooks, but this one was different. I was enamored in the first twenty pages and read the entire book even though only parts of it were assigned. It is one of the finest overviews of how critical theory came into being and evolved from the Classical Greeks through Spivak and LaClau. It presents opposing ideas in the field as well as allowing a reader to compare these differing ideas in close proximity.
Stephen
Aug 15, 2008 marked it as books-interrupted  ·  review of another edition
Obviously, this isn't the kind of book that most people read from cover to cover, and neither did I, but it's a great volume to have around. I have especially appreciated discovering, or just having available, all the stuff in the big middle--between Plato and say, Barthes--which doesn't get taught in many critical theory surveys.
Utami Karismansyah
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Buku yang keren, referensi paling lengkap yang berisi essay dari era Plato hingga kritikus post-modernisme. Ditunjang dengan jumlah halaman yang nyaris mencapai 1600 halaman, siap-siap berpetualang di dunia sastra dan filsafat :D

Dusty
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Haven't formed much of an opinion about this book except: (1) it's freaking heavy; (2) its introductions to theorists and texts are well-written and informative; and (3) despite its heft and "well-writtenness" it seems to leave out quite a bit. In other words: It's an anthology.
Adam
Aug 13, 2007 rated it really liked it
A great anthology that suggests a plausible trace of thought from Plato through Derrida.
Nate
Sep 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting, useful... heavy, dense...
Eileen
Well, that was a slog.
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Shelves: own
I'm not meant to be a critical theorist.
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