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M[EYER]. H[OWARD]. ABRAMS (1912 - )

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"I learned a lot from the New Criticism, how to talk intelligently and pointedly about the particularities of the poem, but I never fell for the noncontextual reading.  I always felt it was important to look at poets in history."  (qtd. in Donadio)

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  • Anthologies:

    • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989. 

    • The Correspondent Breeze: Essays in English Romanticism.  New York: Norton, 1984. 
  • Edited Works:
    • William Wordsworth: The Prelude, 1799, 1805, 1850: Authoritative Texts, Context and Reception.  Ed. Abrams, Jonathan Wordsworth, and Stephen Gill.  New York: Norton, 1979.
    • English Romantic Poets: Modern Essays in Criticism.  Oxford: OUP, 1975.
    • Wordsworth: a Collection of Critical Essays.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1972.
    • The Norton Anthology of English Literature.  New York: Norton, 1962.
    • Literature and Belief.  1958.
  • Selected Individual Works:
    • "On Political Readings of Lyrical Ballads."  Lecture, 1987-1988. 
      • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  364-391.
    • "Theories of Poetry."  Princeton Handbook of  Poetry and Poetics.  Ed. Alex Preminger.  Princeton: Princeton UP, 1986.  639-649. 
      • Rpt. as "Types and Orientations of Critical Theories."  Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  3-30.
    • "From Addison to Kant: Modern Aesthetics and the Exemplary Art."  Eighteenth Century British Art and Aesthetics.  Ed. Ralph Cohen.  Berkeley: U of California P, 1985. 
      • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  159-187.
    • "Construing and Deconstructing."  Romanticism and Contemporary Criticism.  Ed. Morris Eaves and Michael Fischer.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1986. 
      • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  297-332.
    • "Art-as-Such: the Sociology of Modern Aesthetics."  Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 38 (1985): 8-33. 
      • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  135-158.
    • "How to Do Things with Texts."  Partisan Review 46 (1979): 566-588. 
      • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  269-296.
      • Critical Theory Since 1965 Ed. Hazard Adams and Leroy Searle.  Tallahassee: UP of Florida, 1986.  436-451.
    • "The Deconstructive Angel."  Critical Inquiry 3 (1977): 423-438. 
      • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  237-252.
    • "Rationality and Imagination in Cultural History."  Critical Inquiry 2 (1976): 447-464. 
      • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  113-134.
      • Critical Understanding: the Powers and Limits of Pluralism.  By Wayne C. Booth.  Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1979.  176-194. 
    • "Coleridge and the Romantic Vision of the World."  Coleridge's Variety: Bicentenary Studies.  Ed. John Beer.  London: Macmillan, 1974. 
      • The Correspondent Breeze: Essays in English Romanticism.  New York: Norton, 1984.  192-224.
    • "Coleridge's 'A Light in Sound': Science, Metascience and Poetic Imagination."  Proceedinigs of the American Philosohical Society 116 (1972): 458-476. 
      • The Correspondent Breeze: Essays in English Romanticism.  New York: Norton, 1984.  158-191.
    • "Two Roads to Wordsworth."  Wordsworth: a Collection of Critical Essays.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1972.  1-11. 
      • The Correspondent Breeze: Essays in English Romanticism.  New York: Norton, 1984.  145-157.
    • "What's the Use of Theorising About the Arts?"  In Search of Literary Theory.  Ed. Morton W. Bloomfield.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1972.  2-54. 
      • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  31-72.
    • Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature.  New York: Norton, 1971.
    • "Coleridge, Baudelaire and Modernist Poetics."  Immanente Asthetik Reflexion: Lyrik als Paradigma der Moderne.  Ed. Wolfgang Iser.  Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 1966.  113-138. 
      • The Correspondent Breeze: Essays in English Romanticism.  New York: Norton, 1984.  109-144.
    • "Structure and Style in the Greater Romantic Lyric."  From Sensibility to Romanticism.  Ed. Frederick W. Hilles and Harold Bloom.  Oxford: OUP, 1965.  527-560. 
      • The Correspondent Breeze: Essays in English Romanticism.  New York: Norton, 1984.  76-108.
    • "English Romanticism: the Spirit of the Age."  Romanticism Reconsidered: Selected Papers of the English Institute.  Ed. Northrop Frye.  New York: Columbia UP, 1963.  26-72. 
      • The Correspondent Breeze: Essays in English Romanticism.  New York: Norton, 1984.  44-75.
    • "Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism."  University of Toronto Quarterly 28 (1959): 190-196. 
      • Doing Things With Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory.  Ed. Michael Fischer.  New York: Norton, 1989.  223-233.
    • "The Correspondent Breeze: a Romantic Metaphor."  Kenyon Review 19 (1957): 113-130. 
      • The Correspondent Breeze: Essays in English Romanticism.  New York: Norton, 1984.  25-43.
      • Revised version in English Romantic Poets: Modern Essays in Criticism.  Oxford: OUP, 1975.  37-54. 
    • "Wordsworth and Coleridge on Diction and Figures." English Institute Essays 1952.  Ed. Alan S. Downer.  New York: Columbia UP, 1954.  171-201. 
      • The Correspondent Breeze: Essays in English Romanticism.  New York: Norton, 1984.  3-24.
    • The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition.  Oxford: OUP, 1953.
      • "Orientation of Critical Theories."  Twentieth Century Literary Theory: an Introductory Anthology.  Ed. Vassilis Lambropoulos and David Neal MillerAlbany: SUNY Press, 1986.  3-31.
    • A Glossary of Literary Terms.  New York: Holt, Rinehart and Wilson, 1941.  [revised several times since]

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SOURCES: SECONDARY

Off-Line:

  • Anthologies:

    • Lipking, Lawrence, ed.  High Romantic Argument: Essays for M. H. Abrams.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1981.

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Booth, Wayne C.  "M. H. Abrams: History as Criticism and the Plurality of Histories."  Critical Inquiry 2 (1976): 411-445. 

      • Rpt in Critical Understanding: the Powers and Limits of Pluralism.  Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1979.  139-175.

    • Culler, Jonathan.  "The Mirror Stage."  High Romantic Argument: Essays for M. H. Abrams.  Ed. Lawrence Lipking.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1981.

      • The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1981.  155-168.

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