Tuesday, January 20, 2004


"Sensible" Literary Criticism: A Bibliography in Progress

Well, the emails came in for about a week, and then trickled down to nothing. Obviously, given how short the list below is, I need more suggestions.

I've included most of what people suggested in their emails; I made an attempt to find either an in-print edition or the information of the last known printing. For most of the shorter pieces of pre-twentieth century criticism I've relied on the Hazard Adams anthology. If you can suggest better places to find these pieces, please let me know.

A few people who just suggested authors will not find their suggestions included below. Please send me references to particular works. If the critic in question is an essayist, give me an idea of where the essays might be found. If I have to look it all up myself, it will take me a lot longer to get the information into the bibliography.

I've also not yet included works of criticism regarding a single author. I'd like to categorize those under the author they are about, but I'll hold off on this until there are several books to include under each author. Shakespeare will likely appear first.

If you have any suggestions regarding categories, let me know. I realize I have made some "controversial" decisions here, like putting all of the cognitive psychologists under twenty-first century criticism, because they mark a departure with post-1960s Theory influence criticism. This is a rather arbitrary decision, particularly as these works date mainly from the 1990s. I've also decided to give those who are mainly writing against Theory their own section. Frankly, I'm not sure who's technically a New Critic and who isn't anymore. It's been awhile since the last theory class.

So, here's a working draft. I'm still taking suggestions, and will be taking suggestions for some time to come.

Also, if you think it would be helpful to make the titles of the works in print into Amazon links, I can incorporate this into the next "edition."


Arnold, Matthew. “The Function of Criticism at the Present Time.” In Critical Theory Since Plato, second edition, ed. Hazard Adams, 592-602. Heinle, 1992. (In Print)

Boccacio, Giovanni. Life of Dante. Trans. F. G. Nichols and J. G. Nichols. Hesperus Press, 2002. (In Print)

Critical Theory Since Plato, second edition. Ed. Hazard Adams. Heinle, 1992. (In Print)

Eliot, George. Selected Critical Writings. Ed. Rosemary Ashton. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. (In Print)

Horace (Quintas Horatius Flaccus). "Art of Poetry." In Critical Theory Since Plato, second edition, ed. Hazard Adams, 67-74. Heinle, 1992. (In Print)

James, Henry. Literary Criticism, Vols. 1 & 2. Ed. Leon Edel. Library of America, 1984. (In Print)

Johnson, Samuel. The Lives of the English Poets. (OOP)

Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism, c.1100-c.1375: The Commentary Tradition, revised edition. Ed. A. J. Minnis and A. B. Scott. Oxford University Press, 1988/2000. (In Print--U.K. Only)

Sidney, Sir Philip. "An Apology for Poetry." In Critical Theory Since Plato, second edition, ed. Hazard Adams, 142-162. Heinle, 1992. (In Print)

Wilde, Oscar. The Artist as Critic: Critical Writing of Oscar Wilde. Ed. Richard Ellmann. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983. (In Print)


Auerbach, Erich. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Trans. Willard R. Trask. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1953. (In Print)

Bahktin, Mikhail. The Dialogic Imagination. Ed. Michael Holquist. Trans. Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981. (In Print)

Forster, E. M. Aspects of the Novel. Harvest Books, 1956. (In Print)

Frye, Northrop. Anatomy of Criticism (updated edition). Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1957/2000. (In Print)

Lawrence, D. H. Studies in Classic American Literature. New York: Penguin, 1923/1991. (In Print)

The New Criticism

Empson, William. 7 Types of Ambiguity. New Directions Publishing, 1966. (In Print)

Richards, I. A. Practical Criticism. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1924. (In Print: Routledge, 2001)

Winters, Ivor. The Function of Criticism. Denver CO: Alan Swallow, 1957. (OOP)


After Poststructuralism: Interdisciplinarity and Literary Theory. Ed. Nancy Easterlin and Barbara Riebling. Northwestern University Press, 1993 (In Print)

Argyros, Alexander. A Blessed Rage for Order: Deconstruction, Evolution, and Chaos. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1991. (In Print)

Bloom, Harold. The Anxiety of Influence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1973. (In Print)

Bloom, Harold. A Map of Misreading, second edition. Oxford: Oxford Univeristy Press, 2003.

Bloom, Harold. The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1994. (In Print)

Booth, Wayne. The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction. Univeristy of California Press, 1990. (In Print)

Booth, Wayne. The Rhetoric of Fiction. University of Chicago Press, 1983. (In Print)

Booth, Wayne. The Rhetoric of Irony. University of Chicago Press, 1975. (In Print)

Burke, Kenneth. A Grammar of Motives. University of California Press, 1969. (In Print)

Burke, Kenneth. Language as Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature and Method. University of California Press, 1978. (In Print)

Girard, Rene. Deceit, Desire and the Novel: Self and Other in Literature. Trans. Yvonne Freccero. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976. (In Print)

Girard, Rene. To Double Business Bound : Essays on Literature, Mimesis, and Anthropology. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1988. (In Print)

Kermode, Frank. The Genesis of Secrecy: On the Interpretation of Narrative. Harvard University Press, 1980. (In Print)

Kermode, Frank. Pieces of My Mind : Essays and Criticism 1958-2002. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.

Kermode, Frank. The Sense of an Ending. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967. (In Print)

Kepnes, Steven. The Text as Thou. Indiana University Press, 1992. (In Print)

Murdoch, Iris. Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature. Ed. Peter Conradi. New York: Penguin, 1999. (In Print)


Cognitive and Evolutionary Psychology

Livingston, Paisley. Literary Knowledge: Humanistic Inquiry and the Philosophy of Science. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988. (In Print)

Storey, Robert. Mimesis and the Human Animal. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1996. (In Print)

Turner, Frederick. Natural Classicism: Essays on Literature and Science. New York: Paragon House Publishers, 1985. (In Print, University of Virginia Press, 1992)

Turner, Mark. The Literary Mind: The Origins of Thought and Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.


Cunningham, Valentine. Reading After Theory. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001. (In Print)

Ellis, John. Against Deconstruction. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989. (In Print)

Ellis, John. Literature Lost: Social Agendas and the Corruption of the Humanities. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997. (In Print)

Hilfer, Tony. The New Hegemony in Literary Studies: Contradictions in Theory. Northwestern University Press, 2003. (In Print)

Patai, Daphne and Noretta Koertge. Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies. Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. (In Print)

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