My name is Jacqueline and im working on a english ISU and it is about I.A. richards Principles of LIterary Criticism. I am having alot of troubles trying to figure out exactly what his theory is and i really need to know this in order for me to compare this theory to the book A prayer for OWen Meany by Irving. I was just wondering if anyone could help me to understand this theory or give me some sites or references to help me to understand this.
109 for 0, Jacqueline!!
I. A. Richards is not himself a theory. Things like poststructuralism and feminism are currents of literary theory. I think that Richards was of the New Critics. The point is that you seem to have the stick by the wrong end: identify the current; then learn its characteristics; and by that time you will have moved from explanatory texts to the seminal essays, which are written by people -- Saussure as lodestone of structuralism, for example.
You don't compare a theory to a book. You use a text, book or otherwise, as material for the bringing to bear of the valules of a current of theory. For example, you might make a feminist analysis of (a reknowned sexist like) Freud.
Don't you have course texts? Raman Selden? Abhrams's DIctionary of Terms, etc.?