Criticism: The Major Texts

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This new paperback edition is a reprint of a classic textbook by the late Walter Jackson Bate, noted literary scholar and two-time Pulitzer prize winner. It is a collection of important readings in literary criticism from Aristotle to the pre-theory part of the twentieth century. No other book currently available provides as worthwhile and comprehensible a selection of readings in literary criticism, including texts from classical humanism through the Renaissance, Neoclassical and Romantic traditions, and as far into contemporary literature as T.S Eliot, I.A. Richards and Edmund Wilson. This is an appropriate required or recommended text for courses in literary criticism at the graduate or undergraduate level. While aimed primarily at the college student, it is a valuable addition to the home library of the serious reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970803504
  • Publisher: Wolf Den Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Classical Antiquity 13
Aristotle 13
Poetics 17
Plato 37
From Ion 39
From Book X of The Republic 40
Horace 46
Art of Poetry 55
Longinus 55
From On the Sublime 57
2 The Renaissance Restatement 71
Philip Sidney 71
An Apology for Poetry 75
Samuel Daniel 99
A Defence of Rhyme 99
Ben Jonson 103
From Timber: or, Discoveries 104
Pierre Corneille 108
Discourse on the Three Unities 109
John Milton 111
Preface to Paradise Lost 111
Preface to Samson Agonistes 112
3 Neoclassic Developments and Reactions 113
John Dryden 113
An Essay of Dramatic Poesy 117
Preface to Fables Ancient and Modern 147
Alexander Pope 159
An Essay on Criticism 160
Joseph Addison 168
The Pleasures of the Imagination 169
Henry Fielding 172
Preface to Joseph Andrews 173
David Hume 176
Of Tragedy 177
4 Close of the Classical Tradition: Humanism and Classical Realism 183
Samuel Johnson 183
Rasselas 188
From the Preface to Shakespeare 189
From the Life of Cowley 199
From the Life of Dryden 201
From the Life of Pope 203
From the Life of Gray 219
Edward Young 221
From Conjectures on Original Composition 222
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing 224
From Laocoon 225
From the Hamburg Dramaturgy 229
Oliver Goldsmith 230
Essay on the Theatre; or, A Comparison Between Sentimental and Laughing Comedy 231
Joshua Reynolds 233
From Discourse VI 235
Discourse XIII 237
Introduction 247
1 Romantic Individualism: The Imagination and Emotion 259
William Hazlitt 259
Why the Arts Are Not Progressive 267
On Modern Comedy 270
On Imitation 272
From On the Character of Rousseau 275
On Gusto 276
From On Poetry in General 278
On Shakespeare and Milton 281
On Wit and Humor 287
On Genius and Common Sense 296
The Same Subject Continued 302
William Wordsworth 305
Preface to the Second Edition of the Lyrical Ballads 308
John Keats 319
From the Letters 320
Edgar Allen Poe 323
The Poetic Principle 324
2 Romantic Transcendentalism and the Organic View of Nature 327
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 327
On the Principles of Genial Criticism concerning the Fine Arts 332
From Biographia Literaria 344
The Imagination 354
Shakespeare as a Poet Generally 355
Shakespeare's Judgement Equal to His Genius 357
On Poesy or Art 360
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 366
From Conversations of Goethe 367
Friedrich von Schiller 371
From Aesthetical Letters 373
From On Simple and Sentimental Poetry 374
August Wilhelm von Schlegel
Friedrich von Schlegel 379
Shakespeare (A. W. von Schlegel) 381
Literature and National Character (F. von Schlegel) 389
The Subject-Matter of Poetry: The Ideal and the Actual (F. von Schlegel) 391
Percy Bysshe Shelley 392
A Defence of Poetry 393
3 Humanism, Naturalism, and Divergent Tendencies 401
Matthew Arnold 401
Preface to Poems 406
The Function of Criticism at the Present Time 413
From Sweetness and Light 427
Wordsworth 433
From Literature and Science 443
Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve 450
From What is a Classic? 451
From Tradition in Literature 456
Sainte-Beuve on His Own Method 457
Hippolyte-Adolphe Taine 459
From the Introduction to the History of English Literature 460
Walter Pater 466
The Renaissance 467
Leo Tolstoy 471
From What is Art? 472
4 Recent Developments 477
T. S. Eliot 477
Tradition and the Individual Talent 481
The Metaphysical Poets 486
Four Elizabethan Dramatists 490
The Modern Mind 494
Irving Babbitt 502
Romantic Morality: The Real 503
Thomas Ernest Hulme 515
Modern Art 516
Romanticism and Classicism 519
Ivor Armstrong Richards 527
Irrelevant Associations and Stock Responses 528
Doctrine in Poetry 532
Edmund Wilson 540
Is Verse a Dying Technique? 541
Index 553
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