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Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.

Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism

Vincent B. Leitch, ed.

W.W. Norton & Co.

ISBN: 0393974294, $80.00, 2400 pp.

This was one of the optional text I purchased for a graduate course I took in Critical theory the from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire English Department and I must say it is an essential tool for any one planning to work in English language or cultural studies. It covers 2400 year period from Golden Age of Athens through classical period right up to the present and past postmodernism and of course its critics.

If Austrian born Cambridge based Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889-1951), perhaps the most significant linguistic philosopher of the Twentieth Century is correct. That is to say words are primarily tools then Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism is a massive and highly organized conceptual toolbox. A toolbox that contains essential tools for any critic who seeks to speak, that is to say write with clarity and conciseness and without creating logical contradiction in terms within their work. Of course as we all know criticism is much more than that but time and space and life is limited. Therefore if some else has invented the wheel maybe you might want to put your efforts elsewhere, and perhaps work on something else, like cold fusion perhaps. I think that will be all for this month, perhaps next month I will post one of my papers where I make extensive use of the powerful tool as I continue my J.R.R. Tolkien projects.
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