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Provocative and penetrating, those essays attest to Mr. Wellek’s extreme hindrance in past times twenty years with the issues besetting the disciplines of literary thought, feedback, and historical past. each one essay consequently units as its objective the improvement of an idea that might give a contribution to raised figuring out of the literary paintings. Trenchant research of such major severe innovations as baroque, romanticism, and realism are complemented by means of illuminating surveys of the present country of literary feedback and similar commentaries on modern literary thought and scholarship. Concepts of feedback constitutes a beneficial assertion of Mr. Wellek’s theoretical place. many of the essays are released for the 1st time and a bibliography of Mr. Wellek’s guides is included.  René Wellek, writer of A background of contemporary feedback, 1750-1950, is Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale.

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