The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 6, The Nineteenth Century, c.1830-1914

The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 6, The Nineteenth Century, c.1830-1914

by M. A. R. Habib
     
 

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In the nineteenth century, literary criticism first developed into an autonomous, professional discipline in the universities. This volume provides a comprehensive and authoritative study of the vast field of literary criticism between 1830 and 1914. In over thirty essays written from a broad range of perspectives, international scholars examine the growth of

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In the nineteenth century, literary criticism first developed into an autonomous, professional discipline in the universities. This volume provides a comprehensive and authoritative study of the vast field of literary criticism between 1830 and 1914. In over thirty essays written from a broad range of perspectives, international scholars examine the growth of literary criticism as an institution, the major critical developments in diverse national traditions and in different genres, as well as the major movements of realism, naturalism, symbolism and decadence. The History offers a detailed focus on some of the era's great critical figures such as Sainte-Beuve, Hippolyte Taine and Matthew Arnold; and it includes essays devoted to the connections of literary criticism with other disciplines in science, the arts and Biblical studies. The publication of this volume marks the completion of the monumental Cambridge History of Literary Criticism from antiquity to the present day.

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From the Publisher
"... a model of how to present sharp, original thinking without scanting the responsibility to provide a usable map ... This volume provides a series of helpful starting points for exploring the range of thinking about literature that [the] extraordinary growth in critical writing helped to stimulate."
Stefan Collini, Modern Philology
Library Journal
This tombstone-sized book by Habib (English, Rutgers Univ.) attempts the ambitious goal of covering the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present. But Habib is quick to state that his study is selective, omitting many feminists, deconstructionists, and certain proponents of New Historicism because there is simply not enough room to include everything. Instead, he strives to place modern literary theory within a historical context, for he believes that the past has a lot to say about what we believe today. As a result, the 20th century is not addressed until the latter half of the book. Beginning with Plato and Aristotle, Habib traces how the study of literature evolved in the West. His strength lies in his short segments, which allow readers to absorb the major thoughts of the critics and movements without being overwhelmed. While the book runs nearly 900 pages, it is easy to maneuver. All told, Habib delivers an accessible yet scholarly survey of literary criticism. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.-Ron Ratliff, Kansas State Univ. Lib., Manhattan Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781316606100
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/10/2016
Series:
Cambridge History of Literary Criticism Series, #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

M. A. R. Habib is Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of seven books, including A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (2005), Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (2007) and An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry (2003).

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