This collection of essays by a literary critic includes a discussion of various writers - Milton, Eliot, Wallace Stevens; ideas about problems in biblical criticism and their implications for the study of narrative; and an essay on William Empson.
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Frank Kermode is Julian Clarence Levi Professor of English Literature, Columbia University, and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.From Library Journal:
Kermode, an important critic who authored The Sense of an Ending and many other volumes, resists the post-modern notion that theory is, if not more valuable than literature, then at least its equal. Bringing considerable expertise to each of these ten essays--which treat Empson, Eliot, and Freud, among others--he instead supports a belief in the primacy of the text. In a lengthy, well-argued prologue, he develops his disagreement with theoreticians who hold not only that all texts are equal, but also that the literary "canon" is but a political act to oppress women and minorities. His comments on Milton and on Wallace Stevens are superbly reasoned and expressed. Much can be learned from this major book, but much learning must be brought to it as well: it is addressed to the professional.
- Vincent D. Balitas, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.
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Book Description Fontana Press, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6861814