The Attack on Literature and Other Essays

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University of North Carolina Press, 1982 - Criticism - 199 pages
With the erudition that has distinguished his lifelong study of literary criticism, Wellek considers the trends, theories, and quarrels of recent years. He continues to insist that criticism--whether written by structuralists, phenomenologists, Marxists, or the New Critics--makes judgments and also takes into account "a common humanity that makes all art accessible to us." He also considers the relationship between literature and linguistics and the difficulty of constructing evolutionary models for literary history.



Originally published in 1982.



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Contents

Literature Fiction and Literariness
19
Poetics Interpretation and Criticism
33
Criticism as Evaluation
48
Copyright

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