Stanley Fish Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

CRITICISM

Begley, Adam. “Souped-Up Scholar.” New York Times Magazine (3 May 1992): 38.

Provides an overview of Fish's controversial theoretical perspective and its application to literary criticism, multiculturalism, and issues of political correctness.

Galston, William A. “The Trouble with Fish.” The Public Interest 139 (Spring 2000): 99-105.

A negative review of The Trouble with Principle in which Galston finds contradictions and dangerous implications in Fish's reduction of all political ideals to equal forms of rhetoric and his dismissal of independent normative justifications to differentiate between political good and evil.

Goldblatt, Mark. “Shaking the Anti-Foundation.”Reason 32, No. 3 (July 2000): 62-5.

Review of The Trouble with Principle.

Johnson, Richard. “Rhetoric Revived.” Yale Review 79, No. 3 (Spring 1990): 406-13.

An excerpted review where Johnson discusses Fish's interpretation of rhetoric in Doing What Comes Naturally.

McMenamin, Michael. “Permission to Speak Freely?” Reason 26, No. 1 (May 1994): 56-9.

Review of There's No Such Thing as Free Speech and It's a Good Thing, Too.

Meisel, Perry. “The Kingdom of Doublethink.” New York Times Book Review (21 May 1989): 22.

Review of Doing What Comes Naturally.

Myrsiades, Linda. “Interdisciplinarity, Law, Language, and Literature.” College Literature 23, No. 1 (February 1996): 204-17.

Review of There's No Such Thing as Free Speech and It's a Good Thing, Too.

Owen, J. Judd. “Church and State in Stanley Fish's Antiliberalism.” American Political Science Review 93, No. 4 (December 1999): 911-24.

Examines the implications of Fish's radical antifoundationalist theory for liberal doctrines of religious freedom and the separation of church and state, and offers arguments against Fish's “antiliberal” view.

Pollitt, Katha. “Ad Hoc Ethics: Stanley Fish Suggests Principles Are Shaky Things to Stand On.” New York Times Book Review (6 February 2000): 15.

Review of The Trouble with Principle.

Wolfson, Adam. “Open and Shut.” Commentary 109, No. 4 (April 2000): 71-4.

Review of The Trouble with Principle.

Woodward, Calvin. “Speak No Evil.” New York Times Book Review (2 January 1994): 11.

Review of There's No Such Thing as Free Speech and It's a Good Thing, Too.

Worthen, J. F. “On the Matter of the Text.” University of Toronto Quarterly 60, No. 3 (Spring 1991): 337-53.

Refutes Fish's reader-response view of literary criticism by asserting that the text cannot be reduced to a “nonentity” and that both text and interpreter work upon one another to affect meaning.

Additional coverage of Fish's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 112 and 132; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 90; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 67.