Cleanth Brooks

About Cleanth Brooks

Cleanth Brooks (October 16, 1906 - May 10, 1994) was an influential American literary critic and professor. He is best known for his contributions to New Criticism in the mid-20th century.

Means and Ends: Education and Poetry in a Secular Age

By |2015-05-27T13:22:41-05:00March 26th, 2012|Categories: Cleanth Brooks, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning|Tags: |

The serious writer of today lives in a very much secularized world, a world of measurable objects, a world of space and time considerations, a world that must be studied not only rationally, but scientifically. Now, this situation did not suddenly come about in the middle of the seventeenth century. It has been developing [...]

The Christianity of Modernism by Cleanth Brooks

By |2016-05-25T10:05:49-05:00February 2nd, 2012|Categories: Christianity, Cleanth Brooks, Culture|

Though he came out of the Southern Agrarian school, Cleanth Brooks (1906-1994) is now mostly remembered as the father of the literary “New Criticism.” Brooks studied at Vanderbilt, Tulane, and Oxford (at the latter, with J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis), and he spent the majority of his teaching career at Louisiana State and Yale. [...]