A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 848 pages
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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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This tombstone-sized book by Habib (English, Rutgers Univ.) attempts the ambitious goal of covering the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present. But Habib is quick to state that ... Read full review

Contents

From Plato to the Present Introduction
1
From Plato to the Present Part I Ancient Greek Criticism
7
From Plato to the Present Part II The Traditions of Rhetoric
63
From Plato to the Present Part III Greek and Latin Criticism During the Roman Empire
103
From Plato to the Present Part IV The Medieval Era
149
From Plato to the Present Part V The Early Modern Period to the Enlightenment
227
From Plato to the Present Part VI The Earlier Nineteenth Century and Romanticism
347
From Plato to the Present Part VII The Later Nineteenth Century
467
From Plato to the Present Part VIII The Twentieth Century
555
From Plato to the Present Epilogue
772
From Plato to the Present Selective Bibliography
777
From Plato to the Present Index
791
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M.A.R. Habib is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. He received his D.Phil. in English from Oxford University, and is the author of five books, including Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (Blackwell, 2007).

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