The Language of Criticism (Routledge Revivals)

The Language of Criticism (Routledge Revivals)

by John Casey
     
 

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First published in 1966, the Language of Criticism was the first systematic attempt to understand literary criticism through the methods of linguistic philosophy and the later work of Wittgenstein. Literary critical and aesthetic judgements are rational, but are not to be explained by scientific methods. Criticism discovers reasons for a response, rather than

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First published in 1966, the Language of Criticism was the first systematic attempt to understand literary criticism through the methods of linguistic philosophy and the later work of Wittgenstein. Literary critical and aesthetic judgements are rational, but are not to be explained by scientific methods. Criticism discovers reasons for a response, rather than causes, and is a rational procedure, rather than the expression of simply subjective taste, or of ideology, or of the power relations of society.

The book aims at a philosophical justification of the tradition of practical criticism that runs from Matthew Arnold, through T.S.Eliot to I.A.Richards, William Empson, F.R.Leavis and the American New Critics. It argues that the close reading of texts moves justifiably from text to world, from aesthetic to ethical valuation. In this it differs radically from the schools of "theory" that have recently dominated the humanities.

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'Provided this gets clearance from the philosophers, we shall at last have a compact, cogent and humane justification of criticism as a rational process.' - Christopher Ricks, New Statesman

'Mr Casey has written a highly intelligent, instructive, mind-stretching book.' - David Lodge, Critical Quarterly

'Literary critics will dislike Mr Casey's book for the clarity with which principles are discussed: it is all the more to be welcomed.' - Peter Jones, Philosophy

'Casey's argument is subtle and detailed, and it is one that anyone interested in critical theory should read.' - Colin Falck, The Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415664943
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/04/2011
Series:
Routledge Revivals Series
Pages:
216

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