Literary Criticism : The Nineteenth Century, C. 1830-1914

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  • Copyright: 3/25/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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.

Table of Contents

Literary Criticism as an Institution
Contexts and conditions of literary criticism: 1830-1914
Literary studies and the academy
Women and literary criticism Kimberly
National Developments in Literary Criticism
Literature and nationalism
Germany: from Restoration to consolidation: classical and Romantic legacies
France: the continuing debate over Classicism
England: Romantic legacies
England: literature and culture
Literary nationalism and US Romantic aesthetics
Russia: literature and society
Critical Movements and Patterns of Influence
Literary autonomy: the growth of a modern concept
Hegel's aesthetics and their influence
Marx, Engels and early Marxist criticism
Later Nineteenth-Century Developments: Realism, Naturalism, Symbolism and Decadence
Realism, naturalism and symbolism in France
Symbolism and realism in Germany
American literary realism
Decadence and fin de siècle
The avant-garde in early twentieth-century Europe
Some Major Critics of the Period: 20. Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-69)
Hippolyte Taine (1828-93)
Francesco De Sanctis (1817-83)
Matthew Arnold (1822-88)
Henry James (1843-1916)
George Brandes (1842-1927)
Genre Criticism
Theories of genre
Theories of the novel
Theories of poetry
Theories of drama
Literature and Other Disciplines
Literary criticism and models of science
Literature and the arts
Biblical scholarship and literary criticism
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