Beyond the Blurb is a selection of essays that identifies the most important principles of literary criticism and considers the relevance of those principles in the work of specific literary critics, including James Wood, Harold Bloom, and Susan Sontag. Intended for academic and general readers alike, this insightful collection of essays takes a contrarian attitude toward current orthodoxies—its assessment of the flawed strategies used by prominent critics is especially revealing—and offers a critical philosophy that reaffirms the value not just of criticism but of literature itself.
|Publisher:||Cow Eye Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)|
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Table of ContentsIntroduction; Part 1: Critical Issues; Close Reading; The Authority of Criticism; Aesthetic Autonomy; The Authority of Critics; Blogs and Alternative Literary Criticism; Part 2: Critical Failures; James Wood; Christopher Hitchens; Morris Dickstein and Historical Criticism; Hershel Parker: Criticism vs. Scholarship; Postmodern Fiction and Academic Criticism; Part 3: Critical Successes; Susan Sontag; Harold Bloom; Richard Poirer; William Gass; Michael Gorra's Portrait of a Novel and "In-Between" Criticism; David Winters's Infinite Fictions; S.D. Chrostowska's Matches; Bibliography; Acknowledgments.
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