French, Italian, and Spanish Criticism, 1900-1950

Volume 8

Rene Wellek

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December 23, 1992
367 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300054514
Cloth

The final volume of René Wellek's monumental history of modern criticism is a comprehensive survey of the main currents of twentieth-century criticism in Western Europe. In this volume, as in the preceding books of the series, Wellek expounds and analyzes the work of the most prominent critics, offering succinct appraisals of his subjects both as individuals and as participants in the broader movements of the century.
 
Contents
I. French Criticism, 1900-1950
French "Classical" Criticism in the Twentieth Century
Retrospect: Alain, Rémy de Gourmont
The Nouvelle Revue Française: André Gide, Jacques Rivière, Ramón Fernández, Benjamin Crémiuex, Albert Thibaudet
Marcel Proust
The Catholic Renaissance: Charles Du Bos, Jacques Maritain and Henri Bremond, Paul Claudel
Dada and Surrealism
The Geneva School: Marcel Raymond, Albert Béguin, Georges Poulet
Albert Camus
Jean-Paul Sartre
Paul Valéry
Prospect
II. Italian Criticism, 1900-1950
Benedetto Croce
The Followers of Croce: Luigi Russo, Francesco Flora, Mario Fubini, Attilio Momigliano
The Aestheticians: Giuseppe Antonio Borgese, Alfredo Gargiulo
Critics concerned with English and American literature: Cesare Pavese, Mario Praz, Emilio Cecchi
Italian Marxism: Antonio Gramesci, Giacomo Debenedetti
The Catholic Renaissance: Carlo Bo
The Close Readers: Renato Serra, Giuseppe De Robertis, Cesare De Lollis, Eugenio Montale
III. Spanish Criticism, 1900-1950
Américo Castro
Miguel de Unamuno
Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo and Ramón Menéndez Pidal
Azorín
Salvador de Madariaga
Jorge Guillén
Dámaso Alonso
José Ortega y Gasset

René Wellek is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale University.

"This volume is part of an extraordinary achievement. As usual, Wellek is an admirable expositor, and his study is highly informative, a superb account of the critics' ideas, tastes, and polemics. Wellek is comprehensive, even about minor figures, and he never loses focus. These are brilliant first-hand readings, over which the author of this monumental study has complete command."—Victor Brombert, Princeton University

"[Wellek's] achievement is immense. Only a great linguist and a tough-minded scholar could have written this History."—Denis Donoghue, Wilson Quarterly

"If criticism escapes definition, so be it. Perhaps too much time has already been wasted on the abstract question of what is literature and who is worthy to man its barricades. The energy, the variety and the humanity displayed by Wellek ought to be enough. Nor have they gone out of style. . . . In an age when everyone is free to be a critic, the trade of judging has suffered from a surplus of homemade goods. Most of us do not do it very well. Wellek has shown how many ways have existed, and still exist, of succeeding. His history ought to survive."—Lawrence Lipking, New Republic

"One of the magisterial surveys of the century. A liberal education in itself for any real literature lover."—Edward J. Sozanski, Philadelphia Inquirer

Concepts of Criticism

Rene Wellek; Edited by Stephen G. Nicholas

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