This survey traces the development of English literary criticism from its roots in classical and medieval theory to the controversies of the present day. The standpoints of the major English critics are examined in their historical contexts, and crucial foreign influences are noted. Proportionate space is also given to many lesser writers who contributed to the liveliness of the debate. Thus significant critical attitudes are identified and the recent outburst in critical theorizing is seen against the background of the past. The aim of the book is to acquaint students with the literary criticism in a reasonably convenient and objective way.
HARRY BLAMIRES was formerly Head of English at King Alfred's College, Winchester.
Introductory Note Editor's Preface 1. The Classical Age 2. The Middle Ages 3. The Renaissance 4. The Seventeenth Century I: Peachman to Dryden 5. The Seventeenth Century II: Rymer to Dennis 6. the Eighteenth Century I: The Age of Addison and Pope 7. The Eighteenth Century II: Johnson and his Successors 8. The Romantic Age 9. The Victorian Age 10. The Twentieth Century I: The Early Decades 11. The Twentieth Century II: Post-war Developments Notes Further reading Chronological table Index
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