A History of Literary Criticism and Theory: From Plato to the Present

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Wiley, Oct 14, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 838 pages
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This book is a guide to the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present day. It not only provides an overview of the major movements, figures, and texts of literary criticism, but also supplies the cultural, historical, and philosophical background which enables students to see them in context.

The organization of the book is broadly chronological. Starting with a comprehensive section on classical literary criticism, it shows how the central philosophical principles of Plato and Aristotle not only underlie their specific comments on literature, but also lay out the foundations and categories of much subsequent Western thought. Similarly, for each subsequent period, the book combines back ground information, whether on the philosophy of Locke, the history of the French Revolution, the political theories of Marx and Engels, or Freud's views on civilization withy coverage of the major figures and texts of literary-critical thought.

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A history of literary criticism: from Plato to the present

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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 ... Read full review

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I consider this book to be a very useful guide, as it is a readable survey of the most important theories and developments of Western literary culture. There were only a couple of pages where I felt ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

M.A.R. Habib is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. He received his D.Phil. in English from Oxford University, and is the author of five books, including Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (Blackwell, 2007).

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