The maker's rage to order words of the sea, Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred, And of ourselves and of our origins, In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.
Wallace Stevens "Idea of Order at Key West
This book is a survey of more than ninety essays that I consider important, from Classical Greece and Rome to contemporary critical schools such as pragmatism, structuralism, deconstruction, psychological criticism, feminismq, and new historicism. It is intended for anyone interested in establishing a basis for reading and interpretingboth literature and culture - two aspects of the same complex activity. Along with comments on the authors and selected works, this book offers students and teachers a pedagogical apparatus at the end of every chapter that includes key words and concepts for each author and work, as well as short essay topics with model essays.