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Historicism is a critical movement which has existed in some form from Ancient Greece to modern times. But what exactly does it entail? In this lucid volume, Paul Hamilton provides the essential guide to the history of the term, its uses and the critical terminology of historicist approaches. He discusses the major thinkers in historicism, both past and present, and guides readers through the vocabulary required to engage with crucial texts in the field. With refreshing clarity, Hamilton explains the place of historicism within literary theory and outlines the differences between historicism and new historicism. He also demonstrates the ways in which historicist approaches might shed new light on contemporary debates around post-colonialism, feminism and, in this second edition, globalisation. Historicism is essential reading for any student new to the sometimes bewildering field of literary theory, or those looking to explore historicist approaches in greater depth. With a new glossary, fully updated bibliography and clear suggestions for additional reading, this is an ideal introduction and an invaluable foundation for further learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415290104
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/23/2003
  • Series: New Critical Idiom Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Hamilton is Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. History and Historicism 2. The Rise of Historicism 3. The Hermeneutic Tradition 4. Historicism and Modernity 5. Historicisms of the Present Conclusion
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