The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism

The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism

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The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism is the gold standard for anyone who wishes to understand the development and current state of literary theory. Offering 185 pieces (31 of them new) by 148 authors (18 of them new), The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Second Edition, is more comprehensive, and more varied, in its selection than any other anthology. New selections from non-western theory and a thoroughly updated twentieth century selection make the book even more diverse and authoritative.show more

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INTRODUCTION TO THEORY AND CRITICISM GORGIAS OF LEONTINI (ca. 483-376 B.C.E.) 1. From Encomium of Helen PLATO (ca. 427-ca. 347 B.C.E.) 1. Republic 2. 1. From Book II 2. From Book III 3. From Book VII 4. From Book X 3. From Phaedrus ARISTOTLE (384-322 B.C.E.) 1. Poetics 2. On Rhetoric 3. 1. Book I 2. 1. From Chapter 2 2. From Chapter 3 3. Book II 4. 1. From Chapter 1 5. Book III 6. 1. From Chapter 2 HORACE (65-8 B.C.E.) 1. Ars Poetica LONGINUS (first century C.E.) 1. From On Sublimity AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO (354-430) 1. On Christian Teaching 2. 1. From Book One 2. From Book Two 3. From Book Three MOSES MAIMONIDES (1135-1204) 1. The Guide of the Perplexed 2. 1. [Introduction to the First Part] THOMAS AQUINAS (1225-1274) 1. Summa Theologica 2. 1. From Question I DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321) 1. Il Convivio 2. 1. Book Two 2. 1. Chapter 1 3. From The Letter to Can Grande GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO (1313-1375) 1. Genealogy of the Gentile Gods 2. 1. Book 14 2. 1. V. Other Cavillers at the Poets and Their Imputations 2. VII. The Definition of Poetry, Its Origin, and Function 3. XII. The Obscurity of Poetry Is Not Just Cause For Condemning It CHRISTINE DE PIZAN (ca. 1365-ca. 1429) 1. *From Christine's Reaction to Jean de Montrueil's Treatise on the Roman de la Rose 2. The Book of the City of Ladies 3. 1. From Part One 2. From Part Two JOACHIM DU BELLAY (ca. 1522-1560) 1. The Defense and Enrichment of the French Language 2. 1. First Book 2. 1. Chapters 1-7 3. Second Book 4. 1. Chapters 3-4 GIACOPO MAZZONI (1548-1598) 1. On the Defense of the Comedy of Dante 2. 1. From Introduction and Summary SIR PHILIP SIDNEY (1554-1586) 1. From The Defence of Poesy PIERRE CORNEILLE (1606-1684) 1. Of the Three Unities of Action, Time, and Place JOHN DRYDEN (1631-1700) 1. From An Essay of Dramatic Poesy APHRA BEHN (1640-1689) 1. The Dutch Lover 2. 1. Epistle to the Reader 3. Preface to The Lucky Chance GIAMBATTISTA VICO (1668-1744) 1. From New Science JOSEPH ADDISON (1672-1719) 1. The Spectator, No. 62 2. 1. [True and False Wit] 3. The Spectator, No. 412 4. 1. [On the Sublime] ALEXANDER POPE (1688-1744) 1. From An Essay on Criticism SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709-1784) 1. The Rambler, No. 4 2. 1. [On Fiction] 3. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia 4. 1. Chapter X. Imlac's History Continued. A Dissertation upon Poetry 5. From Preface to Shakespeare 6. Lives of the English Poets 7. 1. From Cowley 2. 1. [On Metaphysical Wit] DAVID HUME (1711-1776) 1. Of the Standard of Taste IMMANUEL KANT (1724-1804) 1. Critique of the Power of Judgment 2. 1. From Introduction 2. From First Book. Analytic of the Beautiful 3. From Second Book. Analytic of the Sublime EDMUND BURKE (1729-1797) 1. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful 2. 1. From Part I. Sections I-VIII. 2. From Part III. Section XXVII. GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING (1729-1781) 1. From Laocoon FRIEDRICH VON SCHILLER (1759-1805) 1. On the Aesthetic Education of Man 2. 1. Second Letter 2. Sixth Letter 3. Ninth Letter MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT (1759-1797) 1. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 2. 1. From Chapter II. The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed GERMAINE NECKER DE STAEL (1766-1817) 1. From Essay on Fictions 2. On Literature Considered in Its Relationship to Social Institutions 3. 1. On Women Writers (2.4) FRIEDRICH SCHLEIERMACHER (1768-1834) 1. Hermeneutics 2. 1. Outline of the 1819 Lectures 2. Introduction 3. Part Two. The Technical Interpretation GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL (1770-1831) 1. Phenomenology of Spirit 2. 1. [The Master-Slave Dialectic] 3. Lectures on Fine Art 4. 1. From Introduction WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770-1850) 1. Preface to Lyrical Ballads, with Pastoral and Other Poems (1802) SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (1772-1834) 1. Biographia Literaria 2. Part I 3. 1. From Chapter 1 2. From Chapter 4 3. From Chapter 13 4. Part II 5. 1. Chapter 14 PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1792-1822) 1. From A Defence of Poetry RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882) 1. From The American Scholar 2. The Poet EDGAR ALLAN POE (1809-1849) 1. The Philosophy of Composition KARL MARX (1818-1883) and FRIEDRICH ENGELS (1820-1895) 1. From Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 2. From The German Ideology 3. From The Communist Manifesto 4. From Grundrisse 5. From Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy 6. Capital, Volume 1 7. 1. From Chapter 1. Commodities 2. From Chapter 10. The Working-Day 8. From Letter from Friedrich Engels to Joseph Bloch CHARLES BAUDELAIRE (1821-1867) 1. The Painter of Modern Life 2. 1. From I. Beauty, Fashion, and Happiness 2. From III. The Artist, Man of the World, Man of the Crowd, and Child 3. IV. Modernity 4. From IX. The Dandy 5. XI. In Praise of Cosmetics MATTHEW ARNOLD (1822-1888) 1. The Function of Criticism at the Present Time 2. Culture and Anarchy 3. 1. From Chapter 1. Sweetness and Light WALTER PATER (1839-1894) 1. Studies in the History of the Renaissance 2. 1. Preface 2. Conclusion STEPHANE MALLARME (1842-1898) 1. Crisis in Poetry HENRY JAMES (1843-1916) 1. The Art of Fiction FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE (1844-1900) 1. On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense 2. From The Birth of Tragedy OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) 1. Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray 2. *From The Decay of Lying: An Observation 3. From The Critic as Artist SIGMUND FREUD (1856-1939) 1. The Interpretation of Dreams 2. 1. From Chapter V. The Material and Sources of Dreams 2. From Chapter VI. The Dream-Work 3. From The "Uncanny" 4. Fetishism FERDINAND DE SAUSSURE (1857-1913) 1. Course in General Linguistics 2. Introduction 3. 1. From Chapter III. The Object of Linguistics 4. Part One. General Principles 5. 1. Chapter I. Nature of the Linguistic Sign 6. Part Two. Synchronic Linguistics 7. 1. Chapter IV. Linguistic Value 2. Chapter V. Syntagmatic and Associative Relations W. E. B. DU BOIS (1868-1963) 1. Criteria of Negro Art LEON TROTSKY (1879-1940) 1. Literature and Revolution 2. 1. The Formalist School of Poetry and Marxism VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941) 1. A Room of One's Own 2. 1. [Shakespeare's Sister] 2. [Chloe Liked Olivia] 3. [Androgny] GYOERGY LUKACS (1885-1971) 1. *The Historical Novel 2. 1. From Chapter 1. The Classical Form of The Historical Novel BORIS EICHENBAUM (1886-1959) 1. From The Theory of the "Formal Method" T. S. ELIOT (1888-1965) 1. Tradition and the Individual Talent 2. The Metaphysical Poets JOHN CROWE RANSOM (1888-1974) 1. Criticism, Inc. MARTIN HEIDEGGER (1889-1976) 1. Language ANTONIO GRAMSCI (1891-1937) 1. The Formation of the Intellectuals ZORA NEALE HURSTON (1891-1960) 1. Characteristics of Negro Expression 2. What White Publishers Won't Print *ERICH AUERBACH (1892-1957) 1. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature 2. 1. Chapter 1. Odysseus's Scar WALTER BENJAMIN (1892-1940) 1. The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility MIKHAIL M. BAKHTIN (1895-1975) 1. From Discourse in the Novel MAX HORKHEIMER (1895-1973) and THEODOR W. ADORNO (1903-1969) 1. Dialectic of Enlightenment 2. 1. From The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception EDMUND WILSON (1895-1972) 1. *The Historical Interpretation of Literature ROMAN JAKOBSON (1896-1982) 1. From Linguistics and Poetics 2. Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbances 3. 1. V. The Metaphoric and Metonymic Poles JACQUES LACAN (1901-1981) 1. The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience 2. From The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious 3. The Signification of the Phallus LANGSTON HUGHES (1902-1967) 1. The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905-1980) 1. What Is Literature? 2. 1. Why Write? CLEANTH BROOKS (1906-1994) 1. The Well Wrought Urn 2. 1. Chapter 11. The Heresy of Paraphrase WILLIAM K. WIMSATT JR. (1907-1975) and MONROE C. BEARDSLEY (1915-1985) 1. The Intentional Fallacy 2. The Affective Fallacy SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR (1908-1986) 1. The Second Sex 2. 1. Chapter XI. Myth and Reality CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS (b. 1908) 1. Tristes Tropiques 2. 1. Chapter 28. A Writing Lesson J. L. AUSTIN (1911-1960) 1. Performative Utterances NORTHROP FRYE (1912-1991) 1. The Archetypes of Literature ROLAND BARTHES (1915-1980) 1. Mythologies 2. 1. Photography and Electoral Appeal 3. The Death of the Author 4. From Work to Text LOUIS ALTHUSSER (1918-1990) 1. From Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses PAUL DE MAN (1919-1983) 1. Semiology and Rhetoric *C. D. NARASIMHAIAH (1919-2005) 1. Towards the Formulation of a Common Poetic for Indian Literatures Today IRVING HOWE (1920-1993) 1. History and the Novel HANS ROBERT JAUSS (b. 1921) 1. From Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory RAYMOND WILLIAMS (1921-1988) 1. *Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory FRANTZ FANON (1925-1961) 1. The Wretched of the Earth 2. 1. From On National Culture GILLES DELEUZE (1925-1995) and FELIX GUATTARI (1930-1992) 1. Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature 2. 1. From Chapter 3. What Is a Minor Literature? 3. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia 4. 1. From Introduction: Rhizome JEAN-FRANCOIS LYOTARD (1925-1998) 1. Defining the Postmodern MICHEL FOUCAULT (1926-1984) 1. What Is an Author? 2. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison 3. 1. The Carceral 4. The History of Sexuality, Volume 1, An Introduction 5. 1. Part Two: The Repressive Hypothesis 2. 1. Chapter 1. The Incitement to Discourse 2. Chapter 2. The Perverse Implantation WOLFGANG ISER (1926 - 2007) 1. Interaction between Text and Reader HAYDEN WHITE (b. 1928) 1. The Historical Text as Literary Artifact JEAN BAUDRILLARD (1929-2007) 1. From The Precession of Simulacra JUERGEN HABERMAS (b. 1929) 1. *The Public Sphere: An Encyclopedia Article 2. Modernity-An Incomplete Project ADRIENNE RICH (b. 1929) 1. From Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence CHINUA ACHEBE (b. 1930) 1. An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness *ADUNIS (B. 1930) 1. An Introduction to Arab Poetics 2. 1. From Chapter 1. Poetics and Orality in The Jahiliyya 2. From Chapter 4. Poetics and Modernity HAROLD BLOOM (b. 1930) 1. The Anxiety of Influence 2. 1. Introduction. A Meditation upon Priority, and a Synopsis 2. Interchapter. A Manifesto for Antithetical Criticism PIERRE BOURDIEU (b. 1930-2002) 1. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste 2. 1. Introduction 3. *Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field 4. 1. Part I. From Chapter 2 2. Part III. From Chapter 1 JACQUES DERRIDA (1930-2004) 1. Of Grammatology 2. 1. Exergue 2. The Exorbitant. Question of Method 3. Dissemination 4. 1. Plato's Pharmacy 2. 1. I 2. 1. 1. Pharmacia 2. 2. The Father of Logos 3. 4. From The Pharmakon 4. 5. The Pharmakeus 3. II 4. 1. 9. From Play: From the Pharmakon to the Letter and from Blindness to the Supplement 5. *Specters of Marx 6. 1. From Chapter 1. Injunctions of Marx 2. From Chapter 3. Wears and Tears *ZEHOU LI (b. 1930) 1. Four Essays on Aesthetics: Twoard a Global View 2. 1. Chapter 8. The Stratification of Form and Primitive Sedimentation RICHARD OHMANN (b. 1931) 1. From The Shaping of a Canon: U.S. Fiction, 1960-1975 STUART HALL (b. 1932) 1. Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies BARBARA HERRNSTEIN SMITH (b. 1932) 1. Contingencies of Value 2. 1. Chapter 3. Contingencies of Value FREDRIC JAMESON (b. 1934) 1. The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act 2. 1. Preface 2. From Chapter 1. On Interpretation: Literature as a Socially Symbolic Act 3. Postmodernism and Consumer Society EDWARD W. SAID (1935-2003) 1. Orientalism 2. 1. Introduction 3. *Culture and Imperialism 4. 1. Chapter 2, Section 2, Jane Austen and Empire MONIQUE WITTIG (1935-2003) 1. One Is Not Born a Woman *BENEDICT ANDERSON (b. 1936) 1. Imagined Communities: Reflection on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism 2. 1. Chapter 3. The Origins of National Consciousness SANDRA M. GILBERT (b. 1936) and SUSAN GUBAR (b. 1944) 1. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination 2. 1. From Chapter 2. Infection in the Sentence: The Woman Writer and the Anxiety of Authorship HELENE CIXOUS (b. 1937) 1. The Laugh of the Medusa GERALD GRAFF (b. 1937) 1. Taking Cover in Coverage STANLEY E. FISH (b. 1938) 1. Interpreting the Variorum NGUGI WA THIONG'O (b. 1938), TABAN LO LIYONG (b. 1939), HENRY OWUOR-ANYUMBA (1932-1992) 1. On the Abolition of the English Department TZVETAN TODOROV (b. 1939) 1. Structural Analysis of Narrative PAULA GUNN ALLEN (1939-2008) 1. Kochinnenako in Academe: Three Approaches to Interpreting a Keres Indian Tale *KOJIN KARATANI (b. 1941) 1. Origins of Modern Japanese Literature 2. 1. From Chapter 1. The Discovery of Landscape ANNETTE KOLODNY (b. 1941) 1. Dancing through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Literary Criticism JULIA KRISTEVA (b. 1941) 1. Revolution in Poetic Language 2. 1. From Part I. The Semiotic and the Symbolic LAURA MULVEY (b. 1941) 1. Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema GLORIA ANZALDUA (1942-2004) 1. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza 2. 1. Chapter 7. La conciencia de la mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness GAYATRI CHAKRAVORTY SPIVAK (b. 1942) 1. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason 2. 1. From Chapter 3. History 2. [Can the Subaltern Speak?] TERRY EAGLETON (b. 1943) 1. Literary Theory: An Introduction 2. 1. From Chapter 1. The Rise of English STEPHEN GREENBLATT (b. 1943) 1. *From Resonance and Wonder BARBARA CHRISTIAN (1943-2000) 1. The Race for Theory *N. KATHERINE HAYLES (b. 1943) 1. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics 2. 1. Chapter 2. Virtual Bodies and Flickering Signifiers DONNA HARAWAY (b. 1944) 1. A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s BARBARA SMITH (b. 1946) 1. Toward a Black Feminist Criticism BARBARA JOHNSON (1947-2009) 1. From Melville's Fist: The Execution of Billy Budd *BRUNO LATOUR 1. Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern *MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM (b. 1947) 1. Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education 2. 1. Chapter 3. The Narrative Imagination BONNIE ZIMMERMAN (b. 1947) 1. What Has Never Been: An Overview of Lesbian Feminist Literary Criticism SUSAN BORDO (b. 1947) 1. Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body 2. 1. Chapter 5. The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity HOMI K. BHABHA (b. 1949) 1. The Commitment to Theory *GAYLE RUBIN (b. 1949) 1. From Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality *SLAVOJ THITHEK (b. 1949) 1. Courtly Love, or, Woman as Thing HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. (b. 1950) 1. Talking Black: Critical Signs of the Times *FRANCO MORETTI (b. 1950) 1. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for A Literary History 2. 1. Chapter 1. Graphs EVE KOSOFSKY SEDGWICK (b. 1950) 1. Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire 2. 1. From Introduction 3. Epistemology of the Closet 4. 1. From Introduction: Axiomatic DICK HEBDIGE (b. 1951) 1. Subculture: The Meaning of Style 2. 1. *Chapter 6. Subculture: The Unnatural Break STEVEN KNAPP (b. 1951) and WALTER BENN MICHAELS (b. 1948) 1. Against Theory BELL HOOKS (b. Gloria Jean Watkins, 1952) 1. Postmodern Blackness *LISA LOWE (b. 1955) 1. Work, Immigration, Gender: New Subjects of Cultural Politics *PAUL GILROY (b. 1956) 1. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciouness 2. 1. From Chapter 1. The Black Atlantic as a Counterculture of Modernity 3. Cultural Studies in Black and White JUDITH BUTLER (b. 1956) 1. Gender Trouble 2. 1. From Preface 2. From Chapter 3. Subversive Bodily Acts *ANDREW ROSS (b. 1956) 1. From The Mental Labor Problem *LAUREN BERLANT (b. 1957) and MICHAEL WARNER (b. 1958) 1. Sex in Public *MICHAEL HARDT (b. 1960) and ANTONIO NEGRI (b. 1933) 1. Empire 2. 1. Part 2. From Section 4. Symptoms of Passage *JUDITH HALBERSTAM (b. 1961) 1. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Men, Women, and Masculinity SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THEORY AND CRITICISMshow more

About Vincent B. Leitch

Vincent B. Leitch is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma where he holds the Paul and Carol Daube Sutton Chair in English. A foremost historian of contemporary literary criticism and theory, he is the author of the standard history, American Literary Criticism from the 1930s to the 1980s as well as Deconstructive Criticism and Cultural Criticism, Literary Theory, Poststructuralism (all three books published by Columbia UP), Postmodernism: Local Effects, Global Flows (SUNY Press), Theory Matters (Routledge), Living with Theory (Blackwell), and American Literary Criticism since the 1930s, 2nd edition (Routledge). William E. Cain is the Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English at Wellesley College. A scholar of American literature and American literary criticism, Professor Cain is the author of The Crisis in Criticism: Theory, Literature, and Reform in English Studies (Johns Hopkins UP), F. O. Matthiessen and the Politics of Criticism (U of Wisconsin Press), and Literary Criticism, 1900-1950: The Cambridge History of American Literature (Cambridge UP) as well as the editor or co-editor of several college textbooks, including An Introduction to Literature (Longman), American Literature (Penguin), The Little, Brown Reader (Longman), and Literature for Composition (Longman). Laurie A. Finke is Director of the Women's and Gender Studies program at Kenyon College. A prominent medievalist and feminist critic, Professor Finke is the author of Cinematic Illuminations: The Middle Ages on Film (Johns Hopkins UP), King Arthur and the Myth of History (University Press of Florida), Feminist Theory, Women's Writing (Cornell UP) and Women's Writing in English: The Middle Ages (Longman) and the editor of Medieval Texts and Contemporary Readers (Cornell UP). Barbara E. Johnson was the Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. She was a leading figure in contemporary literary theory and the author of The Critical Difference: Essays in Contemporary Rhetoric of Reading (Johns Hopkins UP), A World of Difference (Johns Hopkins UP), The Wake of Deconstruction (Blackwell), The Feminist Difference: Literature, Psychology, Race and Gender (Harvard UP), Mother Tongues: Sexuality, Trials, Motherhood, Translation (Harvard UP), and Persons and Things (Harvard UP). She was also the translator of Jacques Derrida's Dissemination (U of Chicago P) and Stephane Mallarme's Divagations (Harvard UP/Belknap Press). John McGowan is the Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A leading critic of postmodernism and social theories relating to literature, he is the author of Postmodernism and its Critics (Cornell UP), Hannah Arendt: A Critical Introduction (U of Minnesota P), Democracy's Children: Intellectuals and the Rise of Cultural Politics (Cornell UP), and American Liberalism: An Interpretation for Our Time (UNC Press), and editor (with Craig Calhoun) of Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics (U of Minnesota P). T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting is Professor of French, Professor and Director of African American and Diaspora Studies, and Director of the W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies at Vanderbilt University. A leading scholar in Black European Studies and comparative Black Diaspora literatures and cultures and theories of race and feminism, she is the author of Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold on Young Black Women (NYU Press), Negritude Women (U of Minnesota Press), Black Venus: Sexualized Savages, Primal Fears, and Primitive Narratives in French (Duke UP), and Frantz Fanon: Conflicts and Feminisms (Rowman & Littlefield), and she has edited or co-edited five books, including The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union" (Bloomsbury). Jeffrey J. Williams is Professor of English and of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of Theory and the Novel: Narrative Reflexivity in the English Tradition (Cambridge UP) and the editor of PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academy (Routledge), The Institution of Literature (SUNY Press), and Critics at Work: Interviews (NYU Press). He has also published journalism in venues such as The Village Voice, Dissent, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Since 1992, he has been the editor of the literary and critical journal, the minnesota review.show more

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