Review of Theory of Literature (1942)


Austin Warren (writer), René Wellek (writer).

I’d wanted to read this ever since hearing my literature professors speak of it, in 2002-2003, as an artifact of the last time anybody with a serious understanding of literature dared to aspire to cover the entire topic, however cursorily, under such a title. The authors certainly reflect on this in the foreword. Rather than clearly representing a reductionist scientific ideal, they got what they wanted: the intrinsic study of literature, which made impossible any more unifying theory.

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