Bergonzi, Bernard EXPLODING ENGLISH: Criticism, Theory, Culture
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990. 0198128525 / 9780198128526 First edition. Hardcover. Fine with gilt lettering to the spine; in a bright dust jacket. 240 pages, notes, selective bibliography, index.
Bergonzi, a literary critic and teacher, analyzes the advent of theory and the resulting controversy regarding the proper study of English literature, and argues that the fragmenting of study is merely a symptom rather than the core problem.