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Critical Understanding: The Powers and Limits of Pluralism
by Wayne C. Booth
University of Chicago Press, 1979
Paper: 978-0-226-06555-7 | Cloth: 978-0-226-06554-0
Library of Congress Classification PN81.B58
Dewey Decimal Classification 801.95

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Critics will always disagree, but, maintains Wayne Booth, their disagreement need not result in critical chaos. In Critical Understanding, Booth argues for a reasoned pluralism—a criticism more various and resourceful than can be caught in any one critic's net. He relates three noted pluralists—Ronald Crane, Kenneth Burke, and M. H. Abrams—to various currently popular critical approaches. Throughout, Booth tests the abstractions of metacriticism against particular literary works, devoting a substantial portion of his discussion to works by W. H. Auden, Henry James, Oliver Goldsmith, and Anatole France.

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