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This text offers theoretical statement and practical criticism of 17th century texts.


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This text offers theoretical statement and practical criticism of 17th century texts.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    What I find compelling about Fish's readings of Renaissance and early modern literature is that even when I don't agree with the particular conclusions he arrives at they nonetheless almost always remain provocative and compelling. While Reader-Response criticism can easily (and often has) devolved into a kind of hazy solipsism, Fish's analysis remains relentlessly sharp and reveals what the theory, when properly used, should accomplish: an extremely close and attentive reading to the nuances of What I find compelling about Fish's readings of Renaissance and early modern literature is that even when I don't agree with the particular conclusions he arrives at they nonetheless almost always remain provocative and compelling. While Reader-Response criticism can easily (and often has) devolved into a kind of hazy solipsism, Fish's analysis remains relentlessly sharp and reveals what the theory, when properly used, should accomplish: an extremely close and attentive reading to the nuances of a text and how it functions as a textual artifact as the reader experiences it during the reading process.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James Geary

    Brilliant, subtle analysis of 17th-century poetry that has fascinating implications and applications for modernist and post-modernist literature. Stanley Fish is also the author of the entertaining and instructive How To Write A Sentence and How To Read One.

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