The Foundations of English Literary Criticism: From Philip Sidney to Henry James

The Foundations of English Literary Criticism: From Philip Sidney to Henry James

By: Petru Golban (author)Hardback

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How was literary criticism conducted during the Renaissance up through the Victorian Period, and whether or not it can even be called criticism in the way it is currently understood is discussed at length in this volume. The book showcases the history of British literary criticism dating back to the Classical and Renaissance Periods, all the way up through to the Victorian Age. It covers figures as diverse as Philip Sydney, John Dryden, William Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold, and even Henry James. Literary criticism is an event in the field of literature as much as literature provides an object upon which criticism can purvey its message. Yet, in recent years literary criticism has moved into the realm of a self-sustaining field detached from literature as its inspirational object. This book looks at literary criticism which was still responding to concrete poetry and literature.


1. Foreword by Cornelia Macsiniuc; 2. The Idea of Literature as Critical Concern; 3. Critical Theory in Classical Times and in the Middle Ages; 4. The Renaissance: Philip Sydney and the Defensive Beginnings; 5. The Seventeenth Century: John Dryden and Prescibing Literary Theory and Practice; 6. The Victorian Age: Towards Independence from Dependent, Subjective, Defensive and Prescriptive Criticism; and many more...

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  • ISBN13: 9780773445086
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 480
  • ID: 9780773445086
  • ISBN10: 0773445080

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