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Putting together traditional literary criticism and contemporary statements, Leitch provides an indispensable collection of the major critical statements of the past 2,500 years. The materials range from Gorgias of Leontini and Plato to Judith Butler and Stuart Moulthrop, from the conflict between rhetoric and philosophy to gender and hypertext. In addition to an excellent discussion of literature and interpretation, the introduction includes a brief description of periods of theory and criticism from classical to contemporary. Though the primary organization of the anthology is historical, with context-creating discussion by each of the contributors, the anthology also contains an alternative table of contents that organizes the writings by modern and contemporary schools, genres, historical periods, issues, and topics--an addition that makes it a multipurpose resource usable for a variety of approaches to teaching criticism and for reference. The well-organized bibliography includes 16 bibliographical entries on modern and contemporary schools of criticism. More inclusive, powerful, and up-to-date than The Critical Tradition, ed. by David Richter (1989), and more convenient than a pairing of resources such as Critical Theory since Plato, ed. by Hazard Adams (CH, Jun'72; rev. ed., 1992), and Critical Theory since 1965, ed. by Adams and Leroy Searle (1986), this volume is recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty. W. F. Williams Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
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