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Subject: RE: PLC: RE: critical theory
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 17:34:23 -0400

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David Richter's The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary
Trends. (Boston: Bedford Books, 1998) is a wonderful, but EXPENSIVE
anthology of criticism.  Others I found useful during my LitCrit class (from
the perspective of student) were:

	Culler, Jonathan.  Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction.  Oxford:
Oxford UP, 1997.  (don't recall price)
	Green, Keith; LeBihan, Jill.  Critical Theory & Practice: A Coursebook.
London: Routledge, 1996.  ($23/amazon)
	Tyson, Lois.  Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide.  New York:
Garland, 1999.  (don't recall price)

The Culler is particularly good.  It reads well and smoothly and, while
challenging, provides succinct and clear (and sometimes humorous) insights
to the different "schools" of criticism.

I would, given your stated audience, save specific texts by Derrida,
Foucault, Barthes, et al, as ancillary supporting/exploratory texts, above
and beyond the elaboration of theoretical concepts.

(back to Stevenson)

James R. (Randy) Fromm
(315) 349-2075 [office/voicemail]
(315) 349-1176 [office facsimile]

"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the
contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to
develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of
middle-aged habit and convention."
	Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author.
	"Vulgarity in Literature" (1930; repr. in Music at Night and Other Essays,

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Michael Harrawood []
Sent:	Tuesday, October 24, 2000 12:08 PM
Subject:	Re: PLC: RE: critical theory

Hello, list,

I have a follow-up question to the one below.  Next semester I get to teach
a course in critical theory and I'm putting together the booklist right
now.  I wonder if anybody has a favorite they would like to recommend.

The course is in philosophy and literature, and I'm thinking of using as
base texts the Allan Gilbert anthology Literary Criticism from Plato to
Dryden, long with the Wimsatt and Brooks 2-volume History of Literary

The course is mostly for sophomores here at the start-up college where I
work.  Right now, we have about 120 students, freshmen and sophomores.  I
was really grateful for the suggestions from this list re my humanism
course this semester, and am just wondering what people out there in the
frozen electronic night would do if they were teaching their dream course
in phillit.

Michael Harrawood
Jupiter, Florida

At 11:35 AM 10/24/00 -0400, you wrote:
>For those of us who might fall in the category of tyros in this realm . .
. just what do "we" mean when we talk of "critical theory"?  Are there
seminal texts with which we should be familiar?  Who are the proponents?
Who are the dissenters?
>Just curious . . .
>James R. (Randy) Fromm
>(315) 349-2075  [voice/voicemail]
>(315) 349-1176  [facsimile]
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>From:	Kaley Joyes []
>Sent:	Tuesday, October 24, 2000 7:43 AM
>Subject:	PLC: critical theory
>Re: importance of critical theory.
>How could critical theory ^not^ be important?  Not only to America, but to
>the rest of the world where most of the great theory is being developed?
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