Texts Analyzing Literature as Argument: From Philip Sidney to Henry James

Texts Analyzing Literature as Argument: From Philip Sidney to Henry James

By: Petru Golban (author)Hardback

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This book explains how literary criticism contributed to the creation of new literary genres, forms, and conventions. Particularly when written by authors who are still writing literature, it shows how criticism offers a way to invent new styles of literature. Golban offers an interdisciplinary perspective involving literary theory, criticism, and literary history which will be useful to scholars and students. The main concern of the book is the British critical discourse which originates in the Renaissance and continues its developmental process until the rise of the formal approach to literature in the twentieth century. Some of these author critics, like Sidney and Dryden, develop critical ideas based on a respectable classical tradition; others, like Coleridge and Ruskin, were more original and innovative in their critical theories. Among them, there were those who used or materialized their own artistic or literary theories in their literary texts, such as Wordsworth reifying his theory of the origin of poetry, or Pater exemplifying the principles of aestheticism. For some, criticism was a means of defending the aesthetic value of literature; for others, criticism represented the instrument to be used in an attempt to found a new genre, or even introduce into the contemporary culture and to validate a whole new literary movement, such as for Wordsworth and Coleridge.


1. Foreword by Hasan Boynukara; 2. Introduction: Approaching Literature and Approaching Criticism; 3. Renaissance Criticism: The Defense of Poesie; 4. Neoclassical Criticism: An Essay on Man; 5. The Rise of the Novel: Preface to Joseph Andrews; 6. Romantic Criticism: Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Biographia Literaria, A Defence of Poetry; and many others...

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  • ISBN13: 9780773445109
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780773445109
  • ISBN10: 0773445102

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