The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism / Edition 2

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Overview

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism has become the indispensable resource for scholars and students of literary theory and discourse. The long-awaited second edition includes 48 new entries and subentries and has been revised throughout, taking account of ten years of rapidly changing scholarship.

While concentrating on the explosion of contemporary critical and theoretical works, the Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of ideas and individuals ranging from Plato and Aristotle to twentieth-century scholars. It includes more than 240 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods. It also examines developments in other disciplines which have shaped literary theory and criticism. An international, encyclopedic guide to the field's most important figures, schools, and movements, the new edition reflects the state of literary theory and criticism.

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Editorial Reviews

University of Toronto Quarterly - James Phelan
This edition of the Guide is a terrific resource... I know I'll be consulting it frequently until the third edition arrives.
Journal of Midwest Modern Language Assoc. - Mark M. Freed
In all, the Guide's substantial essays provide an appropriately updated sense of the most important issues and figures in contemporary theoretical discussions of literature and interpretation.
English Studies in Canada - Matthew Biberman
Certainly it should (and I hope — will) be adopted by research librarians affiliated with any credible institution of higher learning.
Choice
First published in 1994, this title has established itself as one of the main references in the field, through well-written, in-depth articles on critics, schools, periods, and critical innovations of specific countries and ethnic traditions.
Partisan Review
A massive, double-columned Yellow Pages of lit crit. If it falls between Abrams and Zola, historically between Plato and postmodernism, intellectually between Aristotle and feminism, or geographically between Japanese Theory and Criticism and Caribbean, you can probably find it here.

— Ray Carney

Literary Review
A superlative work of reference that can be read for information, and not just another overview. It provides a comprehensive historical survey of ideas and scholars from Plato to modern times, examining developments in other disciplines which have shaped literary theory and criticism.

— Shelley Walla

The Australian
Two centuries ago this jumbo-size book would have come into the world not modestly as a 'guide' but as a fully fledged encyclopedia. It divides a whole field of knowledge into its constituent parts and presents them in alphabetical order with great lucidity... This is a text whose coverage and the general excellence of its entries really will suit the everyday business of study and research.

— Simon During

Bloomsbury Review
This comprehensive and easily understood reference book will serve as an indispensable guide for helping students or scholars assess and discuss an overwhelming body of material, especially such 'buzz' topics as multiculturalism.

— Cristian Salazar

Wilson Library Bulletin
Books such as Holman's Handbook to Literature define these concepts briefly but are no substitute for the Guide's analytical essays and their explanations of the development and significance of key critical theories and their methods. Since the Guide is more comprehensive and analytical than Wendell Harris's Dictionary of Concepts in Literary Criticism and Theory, no academic library reference collection can do without it.
San Francisco Chronicle
An uncommonly absorbing reference book that attempts to map changes wrought by an anxious new worldliness and self-consciousness among scholars, which the term 'theory' connotes... For writers and critics, [this] is a must, but every committed reader will want to own it.
Choice

First published in 1994, this title has established itself as one of the main references in the field, through well-written, in-depth articles on critics, schools, periods, and critical innovations of specific countries and ethnic traditions.

University of Toronto Quarterly
This edition of the Guide is a terrific resource... I know I'll be consulting it frequently until the third edition arrives.

— James Phelan

Journal of Midwest Modern Language Assoc.
In all, the Guide's substantial essays provide an appropriately updated sense of the most important issues and figures in contemporary theoretical discussions of literature and interpretation.

— Mark M. Freed

Rocky Mountain Review
The new version of Guide will provide a new generation of scholars and students with an exhaustive reference, but it will also serve as a valuable and critical measurement of the discipline.
English Studies in Canada
Certainly it should (and I hope — will) be adopted by research librarians affiliated with any credible institution of higher learning.

— Matthew Biberman

American Reference Books Annual, 1995 - Jeffrey R. Luttrell
Nothing quite matches this in scope and depth. Taken as a whole, the guide provides a synoptic overview of literary theory from a twentieth-century Western point of view. The articles are succinct and pointed.
Partisan Review - Ray Carney
A massive, double-columned Yellow Pages of lit crit. If it falls between Abrams and Zola, historically between Plato and postmodernism, intellectually between Aristotle and feminism, or geographically between Japanese Theory and Criticism and Caribbean, you can probably find it here.
Literary Review - Shelley Walla
A superlative work of reference that can be read for information, and not just another overview. It provides a comprehensive historical survey of ideas and scholars from Plato to modern times, examining developments in other disciplines which have shaped literary theory and criticism.
The Australian - Simon During
Two centuries ago this jumbo-size book would have come into the world not modestly as a 'guide' but as a fully fledged encyclopedia. It divides a whole field of knowledge into its constituent parts and presents them in alphabetical order with great lucidity... This is a text whose coverage and the general excellence of its entries really will suit the everyday business of study and research.
Bloomsbury Review - Cristian Salazar
This comprehensive and easily understood reference book will serve as an indispensable guide for helping students or scholars assess and discuss an overwhelming body of material, especially such 'buzz' topics as multiculturalism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801880100
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2005
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1008
  • Sales rank: 790,568
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Groden is a professor of English at the University of Western Ontario. Martin Kreiswirth is dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, professor of English, and founding director of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario.Imre Szeman is an associate professor of English at McMaster University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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