Critical Understanding: Powers and Limits of Pluralism

Critical Understanding: Powers and Limits of Pluralism

Paperback Powers and Limits of Pluralism

By (author) Wayne C. Booth

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 422 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1982
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226065553
  • ISBN 13: 9780226065557
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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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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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.