New Historicism and Cultural Materialism

New Historicism and Cultural Materialism

by John Brannigan
     
 

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In this study, John Brannigan explains the development of new historicism and cultural materialism and demonstrates both their uses and weaknesses as critical practices. Exemplary readings of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Yeats' Easter 1916 serve to show and criticize the new

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In this study, John Brannigan explains the development of new historicism and cultural materialism and demonstrates both their uses and weaknesses as critical practices. Exemplary readings of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper, the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson and Yeats' Easter 1916 serve to show and criticize the new historicist and cultural materialist interpretative strategies. Brannigan explores the potential future of the theories and the debates surrounding their controversial position in literary studies.

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Lucid, vivid and fluent, this study presents both new historicism and cultural materialism in a sympathetic manner while also offering some penetrating criticisms of both movements. Professor Declan Kiberd, University College Dublin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312213893
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Series:
Transitions Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

John Brannigan is Lecturer in Literary and Irish Studies at the University of Luton.

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