Using a wide-ranging variety of texts the author reviews and evaluates a broad range of approaches to textual commentary, introducing the reader to the fundamental distinction between `actual' and `virtual' worlds in critical practice.
`Paves the way for a politically more aware and more responsible stylistics, and as such makes essential reading for anybody interested in the practice of literary criticism, and more particularly, in the role of ideology at the interface of language and literature.' - Journal of Literary Semantics
`Accessible style and presentation ... extensive bibliography.' - Poetics Today