Wayne C(layson) Booth Michael Fischer - Essay

Michael Fischer

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Wayne C. Booth avoids anchoring his argument in the needs of criticism at the present time, but his fascination with critical freedom explains why he has to justify pluralism in [Critical Understanding: The Powers and Limits of Pluralism]. Pluralism, as he defines it, does not resolve critical disagreements but gives them meaning. Against relativists like [Stanley] Fish, Booth argues that some reading may be wrong; against monists, he counters that more than one reading may be right…. Booth wants not to discourage variety but to foster it; the richness of literature calls for diversity in interpretation.

Booth's defense of pluralism, however, has a hard time getting off the ground or, more...

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