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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism

The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism

Volume 9. Twentieth-Century Historical, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

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Christa Knellwolf, Christopher Norris, Paul Hamilton, Timothy Bahti, John Drakakis, Duncan Salkeld, Ortwin de Graef, Dirk de Geest, Eveline Vanfrausen, Alex Callinicos, Michael Ryan, Andrew Edgar, Andrew Bowie, Renate Holub, Ken Hirschkop, Chris Weedon, Gary Day, Rainer Emig, Diane Elam, Joseph Bristow, Firdous Azim, Simon Lee Price, Brian Coates, Robert Holub, Patricia Waugh, Clive Cazeaux, Peter Lamarque, Stephen Moller, Manuel Barbeito Varela, Dan Latimer, Geoffrey Harpham, Kevin Mills
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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521317252

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  • This ninth volume in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism presents a wide-ranging survey of developments in literary criticism and theory during the last century. Drawing on the combined expertise of a large team of specialist scholars, it offers an authoritative account of the various movements of thought that have made the late twentieth century such a richly productive period in the history of criticism. The aim has been to cover developments which have had greatest impact on the academic study of literature, along with background chapters that place those movements in a broader, intellectual, national and socio-cultural perspective. In comparison with Volumes Seven and Eight, also devoted to twentieth-century developments, there is marked emphasis on the rethinking of historical and philosophical approaches, which have emerged, especially during the past two decades, as among the most challenging areas of debate.

    • An accessible history of the key movements in recent literary-theoretical and related thought
    • The most up-to-date and comprehensive work of its kind
    • Authoritative treatment by scholars in a range of fields
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    'Exploring both the highways and many of the byways of historically-inflected modes of criticism, this volume is an invaluable guide to the manifold ways in which literature was understood during the twentieth century in its interaction with social, cultural, and political contexts. It spans French, German, Italian, and Spanish criticism in addition to that of the English-speaking world, and constitutes a readable introduction to these diverse traditions as well as an extremely useful reference tool.' Derek Attridge, University of York

    '… the most successful contributions to this volume … bypass the familiar divisions of twentieth-century criticism into autonomous schools of thought, choosing instead to reveal their historical or philosophical foundations. … What emerges throughout the volume is a concern with the borders (national, institutional, disciplinary) of criticism.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'This book is an impressive addition to the burgeoning literature on contemporary literary and cultural theory … the scholarly apparatus can hardly be faulted .. a diverse and well-argued series of essays.' English

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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521317252
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 161 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Introduction Christa Knellwolf and Christopher Norris
    Part I. History:
    1. Historicism and historical criticism Paul Hamilton
    2. Literary criticism and the history of ideas Timothy Bahti
    3. Cultural materialism John Drakakis
    4. New historicism Duncan Salkeld
    5. Fascist politics and literary criticism Ortwin de Graef, Dirk de Geest and Eveline Vanfrausen
    Part II. Marxism and Post Marxism:
    6. Marxism and literary criticism Alex Callinicos
    7. Marxism and poststructuralism Michael Ryan
    8. Adorno and the early Frankfurt School Andrew Edgar
    9. The German-French debate: critical theory, hermeneutics and deconstruction Andrew Bowie
    10. Post-war Italian intellectual culture: from Marxism to cultural studies Renate Holub
    Part III. From Folk Narratives to Cultural Studies:
    11. Mikhail Bakhtin: language, narrative and literature Ken Hirschkop
    12. Cultural studies Chris Weedon
    13. Literature and the institutional context Gary Day
    Part IV. Psychoanalytic Approaches:
    14. Literary criticism and psychoanalytic positions Rainer Emig
    Part V. Gender and Sexuality:
    15. The history of feminist criticism Christa Knellwolf
    16. Deconstruction and feminism Diane Elam
    17. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender criticism Joseph Bristow
    Part VI. Colonialism, Post-Coloniality, Nation and Race:
    18. Post-colonial theory Firdous Azim
    19. African American literary history Simon Lee Price
    20. Anthropological criticism Brian Coates
    Part VII. Modernity and Postmodernism:
    21. Modernism, modernity, modernisation Robert Holub
    22. Postmodernism Patricia Waugh
    Part VIII. Philosophy, Aesthetics and Literary Criticism:
    23. Words and things in phenomenology and existentialism Clive Cazeaux
    24. Criticism, aesthetics and analytic philosophy Peter Lamarque
    25. Italian idealism Stephen Moller
    26. Spanish and Spanish American poetics and criticism Manuel Barbeito Varela
    27. American neopragmatism and its background Dan Latimer
    28. Ethics and literary studies Geoffrey Harpham
    Part IX. Interdisciplinary Approaches:
    29. Literature and theology Kevin Mills
    30. Literary theory, science and philosophy of science Christopher Norris
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Christa Knellwolf, Universität Konstanz, Germany
    Christa Knellwolf King is a literary historian currently positioned as guest professor in the Department of English at the University of Konstanz. She has published widely on early modern literature, the age of Enlightenment, and cultural transformations of scientific thought. Recent publications include The Enlightenment World (Routledge, 2004), Frankenstein's Science: Experimentation and Discovery in Romantic Culture, 1780–1830 (Ashgate, 2008), Faustus and the Promises of the New Science, c.1580–1730 (Ashgate, 2008) and Stories of Empire: Narrative Strategies for the Legitimation of an Imperial World Order (WVT, 2009).

    Christopher Norris, University of Wales College of Cardiff
    Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff.

    Contributors

    Christa Knellwolf, Christopher Norris, Paul Hamilton, Timothy Bahti, John Drakakis, Duncan Salkeld, Ortwin de Graef, Dirk de Geest, Eveline Vanfrausen, Alex Callinicos, Michael Ryan, Andrew Edgar, Andrew Bowie, Renate Holub, Ken Hirschkop, Chris Weedon, Gary Day, Rainer Emig, Diane Elam, Joseph Bristow, Firdous Azim, Simon Lee Price, Brian Coates, Robert Holub, Patricia Waugh, Clive Cazeaux, Peter Lamarque, Stephen Moller, Manuel Barbeito Varela, Dan Latimer, Geoffrey Harpham, Kevin Mills

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