FORMALIST CRITICISM AND READER-RESPONSE THEORY is an invaluable guide written by Todd F. Davis and Kenneth Womack which offers an accessible and authoritative introduction to the twin movements in the history of twentieth-century literary theory.
This title addresses a host of theoretical concerns, along with principal figures and interpretive modes of each field acting as a complementary text to the Palgrave volume ‘Postmodern Narrative Theory’ by Mark Currie.
As with other books in the Transitions series, this title consists of readings of a range of widely-studied texts, including Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby,’ among others.
Kenneth Womack is an American fiction writer, literary critic, and public speaker. Womack earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in English from Northern Illinois University. He lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with his wife Jeanine. Womack’s brother Andrew is co-founder of the online magazine The Morning News
Todd F. Davis is a prize-winning American poet and critic. As literary critic, Davis is the author of several books related to ethical criticism and postmodern humanism, including Kurt Vonnegut’s Crusade, or How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism (2006) and, with Kenneth Womack, Postmodern Humanism in Contemporary Literature and Culture: Reconciling the Void (2006). In 1987, Davis earned a B.A. from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from Northern Illinois University in 1991 and 1995, respectively.