The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Volume 1: Classical Criticism

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The successful opening volume of the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism is now available for the first time in paperback. Surveying the beginnings of critical consciousness in Greece and proceeding to the writings of Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic and Roman authors, the volume is not only for classicists but for those with no Greek or Latin who are interested in the origins of literary history, theory, and criticism.
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"An important volume...This volume provides the expected historical survey of classical literary criticism, but it is particularly noteworthy for its extended presentations of contemporary approaches to early Greek poetry (by Nagy), to Plato (by Ferrari), and to Aristotle (by Halliwell). It also breaks away from the parochialism of earlier discussions through references to recent works in general literary and critical theory." Choice
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
List of abbreviations xvii
1 Early Greek views of poets and poetry 1
1 Poetry, myth, and ritual 2
2 Poetry and song 4
3 Occasion and authority 8
4 The poet as artisan 18
5 Poetry and inspiration 24
6 Myth, truth, and pan-Hellenic poetics 29
7 The poet as author 35
8 The poetics of singing 39
9 Mimesis 47
10 The singer as author 52
11 Iambic and comic poets as critics 63
12 Poetry as education 69
2 Language and meaning in Archaic and Classical Greece 78
1 Early Greek hermeneutics 78
2 Sophistry 82
3 Allegorical interpretation 85
4 Etymology: Plato's Cratylus 86
5 The oral and the written word 87
6 Aristotle on interpretation and topics 89
3 Plato and poetry 92
1 Poetry as performance: the example of Ion 92
2 Poetry and the professors 99
3 The Dionysian chorus 103
4 The Republic: a poetic training 108
5 The Republic: poetry overcome 120
6 Plato as poet 141
4 Aristotle's poetics 149
1 On Poets and Homeric Problems 149
2 Theoretical components of the Poetics 151
3 Aristotle on tragedy 165
4 Aristotle on epic 175
5 Aristotle on comedy 179
5 The evolution of a theory of artistic prose 184
1 Sophists and rhetorical handbooks 185
2 Isocrates 185
3 Plato on rhetoric 188
4 Aristotle's Rhetoric 190
5 Theophrastus 194
6 Demetrius, On Style 196
7 Hellenistic rhetoric 198
6 Hellenistic literary and philosophical scholarship 200
1 The Alexandrian Museum and Library 201
2 Callimachus and Alexandrianism 201
3 Neoptolemus of Parium 204
4 The Peripatetics and biographical criticism 205
5 Alexandrian philology 205
6 The criticism of the Stoics 210
7 Epicurean language theory 214
8 Philodemus 215
7 The growth of literature and criticism at Rome 220
1 Livius Andronicus, Naevius, and Ennius 220
2 Plautus and Terence 223
3 Lucilius 227
4 Rhetoric at Rome 227
5 Cicero's dialogue On the Orator 230
6 Cicero's Brutus and Orator 235
7 Grammatical scholarship in the Late Republic 241
8 Augustan critics 245
1 Tradition, originality, and the Callimachean legacy in Latin poetry 246
2 Horace 254
3 Dionysius of Halicarnassus 267
4 Minor figures 272
9 Latin criticism of the Early Empire 274
1 Velleius Paterculus and Seneca the Elder 275
2 Seneca the Younger and Petronius 279
3 Tacitus' Dialogus 282
4 Quintilian 286
5 Pliny the Younger and Juvenal 291
6 Fronto and Gellius 293
10 Greek criticism of the Empire 297
1 Dio of Prusa 299
2 Plutarch 302
3 Longinus on sublimity 306
4 Lucian and Philostratus 311
5 Hermogenes and other rhetoricians 314
6 Allegorical interpretation 320
7 Neo-Platonic interpretation 322
11 Christianity and criticism 330
1 The search for meaning through interpretation 330
2 The synthesis of Classical and Christian culture 336
3 Late Latin secular criticism 340
4 The heritage of Classical criticism 346
Bibliography 347
Index 370
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