Critical Understanding

Critical Understanding : Powers and Limits of Pluralism

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Critics will always disagree, but, maintains Wayne Booth, their disagreement need not result in critical chaos. In Critical Understanding, Booth argues for a reasoned pluralism-a criticism more various and resourceful than can be caught in any one critic's net. He relates three noted pluralists-Ronald Crane, Kenneth Burke, and M. H. Abrams-to various currently popular critical approaches. Throughout, Booth tests the abstractions of metacriticism against particular literary works, devoting a substantial portion of his discussion to works by W. H. Auden, Henry James, Oliver Goldsmith, and Anatole France.

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  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 567g
  • The University of Chicago Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0226065553
  • 9780226065557

About Wayne C. Booth

Wayne C. Booth (1921 2005) was the George Pullman Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His many books include "The Rhetoric of Fiction," " A Rhetoric of Irony," " The Power and Limits of Pluralism," "The Vocation of a Teacher," and "For""the Love of It," all published by the University of Chicago Press."

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