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Arthur Krystal

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092165

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092165.001.0001

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What Happened? The Rise and Fall of Theory

What Happened? The Rise and Fall of Theory

(p.127) 11 What Happened? The Rise and Fall of Theory

Arthur Krystal

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at the rise and fall of theory in literary criticism. It discusses how the gravitation of writers to the university setting changed the respective status of creative writing and criticism. It suggests that the reclamation of literature from academic purists is not something to be concerned about because as long as there are writers prose and poetry will continue to find their way to us.

Keywords:   theory, literary criticism, writers, creative writing, academic purists, prose, poetry

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