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The History in Literature: On Value, Genre, Institutions
     

The History in Literature: On Value, Genre, Institutions

by Herbert S. Lindenberger
 

Herbert Lindenberger was one of the first literary critics to call for some kind of return to historical thinking in literary criticism. His ten essays cover canon formation, the historical status of genres, and the ways that art and criticism are embedded within institutional frameworks.

Lindenberger argues that, "what we label 'historical' assumes strikingly

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Herbert Lindenberger was one of the first literary critics to call for some kind of return to historical thinking in literary criticism. His ten essays cover canon formation, the historical status of genres, and the ways that art and criticism are embedded within institutional frameworks.

Lindenberger argues that, "what we label 'historical' assumes strikingly different shapes in different historical situations" and that present shape empowers new kind of knowledge. He writes, "We may well discover that our century-old form of organization within the humanities no longer fits the type of knowledge we are producing."

The lively and topical essays of The History in Literature demonstrate Lindenberger's capacious and diverse knowledge, his incisive wit, and his formidable critical skills.

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In a series of closely related essays, Lindenberger (humanities, Stanford U.) supplies theoretical grounding, practical examples, and a measure of polemic, for the turn to history that has recently become a dominant issue in (and beyond) literary studies. His examples are drawn from Romanticism, opera, music, and literature--and the recently publicized debate about canons at Stanford U. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231072533
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/13/1990
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Herbert Lindenberger is Avalon Foundation Professor of Humnities at Stanford University. He has edited two collections and written several books, the most recent of which are Saul's Fall and Opera: The Extravagant Art.

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