A History of Literary Criticism

A History of Literary Criticism

From Plato to the Present

Book - 2005
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This comprehensive guide to the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present day provides an authoritative overview of the major movements, figures, and texts of literary criticism, as well as surveying their cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts.

  • Supplies the cultural, historical and philosophical background to the literary criticism of each era
  • Enables students to see the development of literary criticism in context
  • Organised chronologically, from classical literary criticism through to deconstruction
  • Considers a wide range of thinkers and events from the French Revolution to Freud’s views on civilization
  • Can be used alongside any anthology of literary criticism or as a coherent stand-alone introduction

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Rather than linger over tired debates about the deleterious effects of deconstructionism and the newness of new historicism, Habib (English, Rutgers U.) places literary criticism in the context of the history of ideas in the Western world. He demonstrates the ways that central philosophical principles of Plato and Aristotle not only underlie their specific comments on literature but also lay out the foundations and categories of much subsequent Western thought. As he makes his way chronologically through the major movements, figures and texts of literary criticism, Habib supplies the cultural, historical and philosophical background that gives them substance. Habib's epilogue makes a strong case for the importance of attending to the processes of reading and interpreting as they change in response to the extant zeitgeist. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Malden, Mass : Blackwell Pub., 2005
ISBN: 9780631232001
Characteristics: ix, 838 p. ; 25 cm


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