Its history begins with classical Greek poetics and rhetoric and includes, since the 18th century, aesthetics and hermeneutics.
History of literary criticism Classical and medieval criticism Literary criticism has probably existed for as long as literature. Some write intellectual history; others bring the results and methods of social history to bear on reading literature.
Later classical and medieval criticism often focused on religious texts, and the several long religious traditions of hermeneutics and textual exegesis have had a profound influence on the study of secular texts. Even finding a set of common terms to compare them by can be difficult.
During the next 20 years there were to be 10 general elections. They aligned themselves with those who wished to see a purification of manners after the laxity of the Restoration and wrote extensively, with descriptive and reformative intent, about social and family relations.
In the late s, Canadian literary critic Northrop Frye attempted to establish an approach for reconciling historical criticism and New Criticism while addressing concerns of early reader-response and numerous psychological and social approaches. He brought to the task a vast array of erudition and a delighted absorption in the discoveries of post-Civil War science especially Newtonian sciencefrom whose vocabulary he borrowed freely.
Swift Jonathan Swiftwho also wrote verse of high quality throughout his career, like Gay favoured octosyllabic couplets and a close mimicry of the movement of colloquial speech. Their theories of reading derive from vastly different intellectual traditions: But his most probing and startling writing of these years comes in the four Moral Essays —35the series of Horatian imitations, and the final four-book version of The Dunciadin which he turns to anatomize with outstanding imaginative resource the moral anarchy and perversion of once-hallowed ideals he sees as typical of the commercial society in which he must perforce live.
Thomson, Prior, and Gay James Thomson also sided with the opposition to Walpole, but his poetry sustained a much more optimistic vision. Renaissance criticism The literary criticism of the Renaissance developed classical ideas of unity of form and content into literary neoclassicism, proclaiming literature as central to culture, entrusting the poet and the author with preservation of a long literary tradition.
Early in the century the school of criticism known as Russian Formalism, and slightly later the New Criticism in Britain and America, came to dominate the study and discussion of literature.
The theory and criticism of literature are, of course, also closely tied to the history of literature. Broad schools of theory that have historically been important include the New Criticism, formalism, Russian formalism, and structuralism, post-structuralism, Marxism, feminism and French feminism, new historicism, deconstruction, reader-response criticism, and psychoanalytic criticism.
Other schools particularly post-structuralism in its various forms: The work of Aristotle, especially Poetics, was the most important influence upon literary criticism until the latter eighteenth century.
From Plato to the Present. The mock-heroic The Rape of the Lock final version published in is an astonishing feat, marrying a rich range of literary allusiveness and a delicately ironic commentary upon the contemporary social world with a potent sense of suppressed energies threatening to break through the civilized veneer.
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