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By Widdowson / Brooker

ISBN-10: 0582894107

ISBN-13: 9780582894105

A vintage creation to the ever-evolving box of contemporary literary conception, now in an accelerated and up-to-date edition.Considers 'New Aestheticism' and engages with the guidelines of 'Post-Theory' includes vast courses to extra analyzing, net and digital assets to make sure the standard of scholars' examine A word list defines key theoretical and significant phrases features a consultant to correct journals  

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His and Warren’s textbook anthologies, Understanding Poetry (1938) and Understanding Fiction (1943), are often regarded as having spread the New Critical doctrine throughout generations of American university literature students, but his most characteristic book of close readings is the significantly titled The Well-Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry (1947), in which the essay on the eponymous urn of Keats’s Ode, ‘Keats’s Sylvan Historian: History Without Footnotes’ (1942), is in our view the best exemplification, explicitly and implicitly, of New Critical practice one could hope to find.

First, a number of the key figures were also part of a group called the Southern Agrarians, or ‘Fugitives’, a traditional, conservative, Southern-oriented movement which was hostile to the hard-nosed industrialism and materialism of a United States dominated by ‘the North’. Without stretching the point too far, a consanguinity with Arnold, Eliot and, later, Leavis in his opposition to modern ‘inorganic’ civilization may be discerned here. qxd 07/02/2005 14:43 Page 19 . NEW CRITICISM, MORAL FORMALISM AND F.

Verbal signs are the arena of continuous class struggle: the ruling class will always try to narrow the meaning of words and make social signs ‘uni-accentual’, but in times of social unrest the vitality and basic ‘multi-accentuality’ of linguistic signs becomes apparent as various class interests clash and intersect upon the ground of language. ‘Heteroglossia’ is a fundamental concept, most clearly defined in Bakhtin’s ‘Discourse in the Novel’ (written 1934–5). The term refers to the basic condition governing the production of meaning in all discourse.

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