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How to Be an IntellectualEssays on Criticism, Culture, and the University$
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Jeffrey J. Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263806

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.001.0001

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The Retrospective Tenor of Recent Theory

The Retrospective Tenor of Recent Theory

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(p.25) Two The Retrospective Tenor of Recent Theory
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How to Be an Intellectual
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Jeffrey J. Williams

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.003.0003

This chapter examines the state of recent criticism. Taking as evidence a wave a anniversary editions, it points out that theory has entered a new stage. Rather than being shockingly radical, it has now become established practice. This arises in part from its conditions: the well-funded research university spurred its rise, but it is languishing because of current austerity.

Keywords:   Contemporary criticism, Literary theory, New Criticism, The Structuralist Controversy, Poststructuralism

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