ISBN-10:
1405160357
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9781405160353
Pub. Date:
02/15/2011
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Wiley
Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction / Edition 1

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction / Edition 1

by M. A. R. Habib

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Overview

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction / Edition 1

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present provides aconcise and authoritative overview of the development of Westernliterary criticism and theory from the Classical period to thepresent day

  • An indispensable and intellectually stimulating introduction tothe history of literary criticism and theory
  • Introduces the major movements, figures, and texts of literarycriticism
  • Provides historical context and shows the interconnectionsbetween various theories
  • An ideal text for all students of literature and criticism

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405160353
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

M. A. R. Habib received his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He is the author of seven books, including the highly acclaimed A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (2005) and Modern Literary Criticism and Theory (2008). A book of his poetry, Shades of Islam: Poems for a New Century, will appear in September 2010. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I Classical Literary Criticism and Rhetoric.

1 Classical Literary Criticism.

Introduction to the Classical Period.

Plato (428–ca. 347 BC).

Aristotle (384–322 BC).

2 The Traditions of Rhetoric.

Greek Rhetoric.

Roman Rhetoric.

The Subsequent History of Rhetoric: An Overview.

The Legacy of Rhetoric.

3 Greek and Latin Criticism During the Roman Empire.

Horace (65–8 BC).

Longinus (First Century AD).

Neo-Platonism.

Part II The Medieval Era.

4 The Early Middle Ages.

Historical Background.

Intellectual and Theological Currents.

5 The Later Middle Ages.

Historical Background.

Intellectual Currents of the Later Middle Ages.

The Traditions of Medieval Criticism.

Transitions: Medieval Humanism.

Part III The Early Modern Period to theEnlightenment.

6 The Early Modern Period.

Historical Background.

Intellectual Background.

Confronting the Classical Heritage.

Defending the Vernacular.

Poetics and the Defense of Poetry.

Poetic Form and Rhetoric.

7 Neoclassical Literary Criticism.

French Neoclassicism.

Neoclassicism in England.

8 The Enlightenment.

Historical and Intellectual Background.

Enlightenment Literary Criticism: Language, Taste, andImagination.

9 The Aesthetics of Kant and Hegel.

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804).

Hegel (1770–1831).

Part IV Romanticism and the Later Nineteenth Century.

10 Romanticism.

Germany.

France.

England.

America.

11 Realism, Naturalism, Symbolism, and Aestheticism.

Historical Background: The Later Nineteenth Century.

Realism and Naturalism.

Symbolism and Aestheticism.

12 The Heterological Thinkers.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860).

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900).

Henri Bergson (1859–1941).

Matthew Arnold (1822–1888).

Part V The Twentieth Century: A Brief Introduction.

Introduction.

13 From Liberal Humanism to Formalism.

The Background of Modernism.

The Poetics of Modernism: W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and T. S.Eliot.

Formalism.

Russian Formalism.

The New Criticism.

14 Socially Conscious Criticism of the Earlier TwentiethCentury.

F. R. Leavis.

Marxist and Left-Wing Criticism.

The Fundamental Principles of Marxism.

Marxist Literary Criticism: A Historical Overview.

Early Feminist Criticism: Simone de Beauvoir and VirginiaWoolf.

15 Phenomenology, Existentialism, Structuralism.

Phenomenology.

Existentialism.

Heterology.

Structuralism.

16 The Era of Poststructuralism (I): Later Marxism,Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction.

Later Marxist Criticism.

Psychoanalysis.

Deconstruction.

17 The Era of Poststructuralism (II): Postmodernism, ModernFeminism, Gender Studies.

Jurgen Habermas (b. 1929).

Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007).

Jean-Françcois Lyotard (1924–1998).

bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins; b. 1952).

Modern Feminism.

Gender Studies.

18 The Later Twentieth Century: New Historicism,Reader-Response Theory, Postcolonial Criticism, CulturalStudies.

The New Historicism.

Reader-Response and Reception Theory.

Postcolonial Criticism.

Cultural Studies.

Epilogue New Directions: Looking Back, Looking Forward.

Index.

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"Rafey Habib's book carves out a distinctive niche in thislately much-discussed but still strikingly eventfuland rewarding history of thought."
Christopher Norris, Cardiff University

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