This volume provides a thorough account of the critical tradition emerging with the modernist and avant-garde writers of the early twentieth century (Eliot, Pound, Stein, Yeats), continuing with the New Critics (Richards, Empson, Burke, Winters), and feeding into the influential work of Leavis, Trilling and others. The book provides a companion to the other twentieth-century volumes of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, and offers a systematic and stimulating coverage of the development of the key literary-critical movements, genres, and individual critics.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Louis Menand and Lawrence Rainey; Part I. The Modernists: 1. T. S. Eliot Louis Menand; 2. Ezra Pound A. Walton Litz and Lawrence Rainey; 3. Gertrude Stein Steven Meyer; 4. Virginia Woolf Maria di Battista; 5. Wyndham Lewis Vincent Sherry; 6. W. B. Yeats Lucy McDiarmid; 7. The Harlem renaissance Michael North; Part II. The New Critics: 8. I. A. Richards Paul H. Fry; 9. The Southern New Critics Mark Jancovitch; 10. William Empson Michael Wood; 11. R. P. Blackmur Michael Wood; 12. Kenneth Burke Eugene Goodheart; 13. Yvor Winters Donald Davie; Part III. The Critic and The Institutions of Culture: 14. Criticism and the Academy Wallace Martin; 15. The critic and society, 1900–50 Morris Dickstein; 16. The British 'man of letters' and the rise of the professional Josephine M. Guy and Ian Small; 17. F. R. Leavis Michael Bell; 18. Lionel Trilling Harvey Teres; 19. Poet-critics Lawrence Lipking; 20. Criticism of fiction Michael Levenson; Bibliography; Index.