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Cleanth Brooks and the rise of modern criticism

Author: Mark Royden Winchell
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1996.
Series: Minds of the new South.
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During a career that spanned sixty years, Cleanth Brooks was involved in most of the major controversies facing the humanities from the 1930s until his death in 1994. He was arguably the most important American literary critic of the mid-twentieth century. Because it is impossible to understand modern literary criticism apart from Cleanth Brooks, or Cleanth Brooks apart from modern literary criticism, Mark Royden  Read more...
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Named Person: Cleanth Brooks; Cleanth Brooks
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Royden Winchell
ISBN: 081391647X 9780813916477
OCLC Number: 33442935
Description: xiii, 510 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. To Nashville and beyond (1906-32) --
The road to Nashville --
The campfire still glowing --
Tinkum --
A reb at Oxford --
Pt. 2. The old war skule (1932-42) --
Baton Rouge --
The left bank of the Mississippi --
The confederacy of letters --
An extended family --
Pt. 3. A new criticism (1936-47) --
What is poetry? --
The man who knew MacArthur --
The mating dance --
The interior life of the poem --
Pt. 4. South of Boston (1947-64) --
A Connecticut yankee --
The backlash --
The squire of Northford --
A postage stamp of soil --
Pt. 5. A moveable feast (1964-85) --
Albion revisited --
The attack on Tory formalism --
A place to come to --
Claiming criticism --
Pt. 6. Toward sunset (1985-94) --
Ogden street --
April is the cruellest month.
Series Title: Minds of the new South.
Responsibility: Mark Royden Winchell.

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During a career that spanned sixty years, Cleanth Brooks was involved in most of the major controversies facing the humanities from the 1930s until his death in 1994. He was arguably the most important American literary critic of the mid-twentieth century. Because it is impossible to understand modern literary criticism apart from Cleanth Brooks, or Cleanth Brooks apart from modern literary criticism, Mark Royden Winchell gives us not only an account of one man's influence but also a survey of literary criticism in twentieth-century America. More than any other individual, Brooks helped steer literary study away from historical and philological scholarship by emphasizing the autonomy of the text. He applied the methods of what came to be called the New Criticism, not only to the modernist works for which these methods were created, but to the entire canon of English poetry, from John Donne to William Butler Yeats. In his many critical books, especially The Well Wrought Urn and the textbooks he edited with Robert Penn Warren and others, Brooks taught several generations of students how to read literature without prejudice or preconception.

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