The Attack on Literature and Other Essays
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Rene Wellek

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With the erudition that has distinguished his lifelong study of literary criticism, Wellek considers the trends, theories, and quarrels of recent years. He continues to insist that criticism--whether written by structuralists, phenomenologists, Marxists, or the New Critics--makes judgments and also takes into account "a common humanity that makes all art accessible to us." He also considers the relationship between literature and linguistics and the difficulty of constructing evolutionary models for literary history. Originally published in 1982. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

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Bibliography of the Writings of René Wellek

from 1 January 1970 to 1 January 1982 (Supplementing the Lists in Concepts of Criticism and Discriminations)

A. Books

3t. Teoria da literatura. Portuguese translation by José Palla a Carmo. Lisboa: Publicagöes Europa-América, n.d.
3u. Litteraturteori. Norwegian translation by Haakon Hofgaard Halvorsan. Oslo: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1970.
3v. Teoria literatury. Polish translation by Macej Zurowski. Warszawa: Pañ stwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1970; 2nd ed., 1975.
3w. La Théorie littéraire. French translation by Jean-Pierre Audigier and Jean Gattégno. Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1971.
3x. Az irodalom elmélete. Hungarian translation by József Szili. Budapest: Gondolât Kiadó, 1972.
3y. Theorie der literatuur. Dutch translation by Tom Etty, T. Anbeek, and J. Fontijn. Amsterdam: Athenaeum-Polak and Van Genep, 1974.
3z. Nazariatu al-adab. Arabic translation by Yahya ad-Dm Subhi. Damascus, Syria: The High Council for the Custody of the Arts, Literature, and the Social Sciences of the Ministry of Culture, 1976.
3aa. Sahitya-Siddhant. Hindi translation by B. S. Palival. Ilahabad, India: Lokbharati Prakashan, n.d.
3bb. Teoriya literatury. Russian translation by A. Zvereva, V. Kharitonova, I. Il’ija, Introduction by A. A. Anikst, Commentary by B. A. Gilenson. Moscow: Progress, 1978.
3cc. Wen-hsüe-li-lun. Chinese translation by Liang Po-chieh. Taipei, Taiwan: Talin, n.d.
3dd. Wen-hsüeh lun Wen-hsüeh yen chiufangfa lun. Another Chinese translation by Wang Meng-ou and Hsü Kuo-heng. Taipei, Taiwan: Chih-wen, 1976 (a third printing, 1979).
4e. Istoria criticii literare moderne, vol. I. Rumanian translation by Rodica Tinis, Preface by Romul Muneanu. Bucarest: Editura Univers, 1974.
5e. Istoria criticii literare moderne, Vol. II. Rumanian translation by Rodica Tinis. Bucarest: Editura Univers, 1974.
4f and 5i. Reprint of 4a and 5a in one volume. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1978.
7c. Conceptos de Crítica Literaria. Spanish translation by Edgar Rodríguez-Leal. Caracas: Ediciones de la Biblioteca Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1968 (actually 1969).
7d. Conceptele critici. Rumanian translation by Rodica Tinis, Introduction by Sorin Alexandrescu. Bucarest: Editura Univers, 1970.
7e. Concetti di Critica. Italian translation by several hands: Maria Alvernia, Marcella Morelli, M.B., Stefania Casemurata, Augusto Simonini. Bologna: Massimiliano Boni Editore, 1972.
7f. Conceitos de crítica. Portuguese translation by Oscar Mendes. Säo Paulo, Brazil: Editora Cultrix, 1979.
7g. Pojçcia iproblemy nauki 0 literaturze. Wybral i prezdmowa popredzil Henryk Markiewicz. Translated by Andrzej Jaraczewski, Maria Kaniowa, Ignacy Sieradzki. Warszawa: Panstwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, 1979. Combines translation of Concepts of Criticism with selections from Discriminations, Confrontations, and essays on T. S. Eliot and F. R. Leavis.
9b. Historia da crítica moderna, Vol. III. Portuguese translation by Hildegard Feist. Säo Paulo: A Transiçâo, Herder, 1971.
9c. Historia da crítica moderna (1750-1950): Los Años de Transición. Spanish translation by J. C. Cayol de Bethencourt. Madrid: Editorial Gredos, 1972.
9d. Geschichte der Literaturkritik 1750-/950, Vol. 2, Das Zeitalter des Übergangs. German translation by Cornelie and Gert Ueding. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1977. (corresp. to Vol. 3)
10b. Geschichte der Literaturkritik 1750-1950, Vol. 3, Das späte 19. Jahrhundert. German translation by Lisa Rüdiger. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1977. (corresp. to Vol. 4)
11a. Italian translation in Critica e storia letteraria: Studi offerti a Mario Fubini 2 (Padova, 1970): 881-904.
11b. Reprint of originai in 12.
12. Discriminations: Further Concepts of Criticism. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1970.
12a. Grenzziehungen: Beiträge zur Literaturkritik. Partial German translation by Marlene Lohner. Stuttgart: W. Kohlhammer, 1972.
12b. Partial translation in 7g.
13. Four Critics: Croce, Valéry, Lukács, Ingarden. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1981.

B. Contributions to Books

7a. Reprinted in W. K. Wimsatt, ed., Literary Criticism: Idea and Art, pp. 44-65. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974.
12-53. 26 articles, with some revisions and updating. Reprinted in Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature, edited by Jean-Albert Bédé and William B. Edgerton. 2nd ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 1980.
Bezruc, Petr, p. 86
Brezina, Otokar, p. 118
Capek, Josef, p. 139
Capek, Karel, p. 140
Capek-Chod, Matëj, p. 141
Cep, Jan, p. 154
Durych, Jaroslav, p. 217
Dyk, Viktor, p. 223
Fischer, Otokar, p. 252
Holecek, Josef, p. 365
Hora, Josef, p. 369
Langer, Frantisek, p. 460
Machar, Jan Svatopluk, p. 495
Masaryk, Tomás G., p. 530
Neumann, Stanislav K., p. 562
Nezval, Vitèzslav, p. 563
Novák, Arne, p. 575
Nováková, Teréza, p. 576
Olbracht, Ivan, p. 579
Salda, F. X., p. 709
Sova, Antonín, p. 762
Srámek, Fráña, p. 771
Svobodová, Rûzena, p. 787
Theer, Otokar, p. 805
Vancura, Vladislav, p. 839
Wolker, Jin, p. 876
57b. “Coleridge’s Philosophy and Criticism (to 1956).” Reprinted in The English Romantic Poets: A Review of Research and Criticism, edited by Frank Jordan, pp. 209-31. 3rd rev. ed. New York, Modern Language Association, 1972.
64a. Reprinted in A12.
75a. Reprinted in A12.
81. Polish translation in B7g.
84d. Reprinted in A12.
86a. Reprinted in A12.
90a. Reprinted in A12.
91a. Reprinted in A12.
91b. German translation by Renate and Karl R. Hudson. In Methodenfragen der deutschen Literaturwissenschaft, edited by R. Grimm and Jost Hermand, pp. 268-94. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1973.
92d. Reprinted in A12.
96b. Reprinted in A12.
97b. My German translation, ln Die Tschechoslowakei, 19451970, edited by Nikolaus Lobkowicz and Friedrich Prinz, pp. 227-36. Munich: Oldenbourg, 1978.
98. “Literary Criticism.” In Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, edited by W. B. Fleischmann, 2:284-328. New York: Ungar, 1969. English expanded and updated version of B73.
99. “Preface” to Henry Hallam, Introduction to the Literature of Europe in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries, pp. v-xvii. New York, Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1970.
100. “American Criticism of the Last Ten Years.” In Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, 20:5-14. Bloomington, University of Indiana Press, 1971.
100a. Also in Amerikanische Literatur im 20. Jahrhundert, edited by Alfred Weber and Dietmar Haack, pp. 14-28. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1972.
101. “Stylistics, Poetics, and Criticism.” In Literary Style: A Symposium, edited by Seymour Chatman, pp. 65-75. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1971. Also in A12.
102. “Salda, Frantisele Xaver.” In Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, edited by W. B. Fleischmann, 3:222-23. New York: Ungar, 1971.
103. “Albert Thibaudet.” In Modern French Criticism from Proust and Valéry to Structuralism, edited by J. K. Simon, pp. 85-107. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972.
104. “John Crowe Ransom’s Theory of Poetry.” In Literary Theory and Structure: Essays in Honor of William K. Wimsatt, edited by Frank Brady, John Palmer, and Martin Price, pp. 179-98. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973 (actually 1972).
105. “Coleridge’s Philosophy and Criticism (from 1956).” In The English Romantic Poets: A Review of Research and Criticism, edited by Frank Jordan, pp. 232-58. 3rd rev. ed. New York: Modern Language Association, 1972.
106. “The Fall of Literary History.” In Geschichte: Ereignis und Erzählung, edited by Reinhart Kosseleck and Wolf-Dieter Stempel, pp. 427-40. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 1973.
106a. Reprinted in Proceedings of the VIth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Bordeaux, 19J0, pp. 29-36. Stuttgart: Kunst und Wissen, Erich Bieber, 1975.
106b. Reprinted in New Perspectives in German Literary Criticism, edited by Richard E. Amacher and Victor Lange, pp. 418-31. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1979.
107. “Introduction” to Czech Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology, edited by Alfred French (Michigan Slavic Translations), i:xv-xix. Ann Arbor: The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America and The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of Michigan, 1973.
108. “Walter Benjamin’s Literary Criticism in His Marxist Phase.” In The Personality of the Critic, edited by Joseph P Strelka (Yearbook of Comparative Criticism), 6:168-78. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1973.
17. “Baroque in Literature,” 1:188-95.
“Classicism in Literature,” 1:449-56.
“Literary Criticism,” 1:596-607.
“Evolution in Literature,” 2...

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