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By G. Douglas Atkins, Laura Morrow

During this sequence of essays, the authors objective to research the connection among modern literary idea and its perform. The authors have chosen twelve of the main favorite, influential and far-reaching theoretical positions at present to be had, reminiscent of hermeneutics, archetypal feedback, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminism and Marxism. In a manner that the overall reader can simply entry, Atikins and Morrow talk about the first positive factors, heritage, options and implications of these theories that are such a lot influential this day.

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Gradually their discussions began to narrow to poetry and, finally, to the writing and criticism of their own poems. The senior faculty member, Ransom, shortly became the central figure. Although he had drifted into teaching English instead of philosophy, his major in college, and lacked the usual academic background for a scholarteacher of English literature, Ransom had long been thinking about and writing poetry. About 1912, while reading philosophy as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, Ransom had become intrigued by what he saw as a crucial but generally unremarked dichotomy between a poem's subject and its sounds (as tallied in diction, meter, and rhyme)-a duality always to be a central part of his own poetics and therefore naturally discussed by the club members.

P. 256. 38. See G. Douglas Atkins, Quests ofDifference: Reading Pope's Poems (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, I 986), esp. pp. I- I 5. 39· Cain, Crisis in Criticism, pp. 275,273-74. Cf. Felperin, Beyond Deconstruction, pp. I, 2, and "The Anxiety of Deconstruction," in The Lesson of Paul de Man, Yale French Studies, 69, ed. Peter Brooks, Shoshana Felman, and]. Hillis Miller (New Haven: Yale University Press, I985), p. 265. 40. Frank Lentricchia, "On Behalf of Theory," in Graff and Gibbons, Criticism in the University, p.

Cain, Crisis in Criticism, p. 9, and Said, quoted in Cain, Crisis in Criticism, p. : Harvard University Press, I983), pp. 24I-42. 24. Cain, Crisis in Criticism, pp. 247-48. 25. William E. Cain, "Reply to Lentricchia's 'On Behalf of Theory,'" in Graff and Gibbons, Criticism in the University, p. 222. 26. Cain, Crisis in Criticism, p. ix. 27. Cain, "Reply to Lentricchia's 'On Behalf of Theory,'" p. 222. 28. Daniel T. O'Hara, "Revisionary Madness: The Prospects of American Literary Theory at the Present Time," Critical Inquiry 9 (I983): 726.

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