Critical Assumptions

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CUP Archive, 06.09.1984 - 276 Seiten
This book is an historical survey of some important theories of literary criticism, which is designed to introduce more advanced students of English and other European literature to the nature and origin of these theories and ultimately to help them clarify their own attitudes to literature. Professor Ruthven's approach is to bring together and analyse examples of the way in which major writers and critics have dealt with the critical issues raised by different kinds of writing. He emphasizes throughout the variety of critical stances taken at different times in response to the challenge posed by highly original works and he draws on a large number of instances from all the major periods of English literature. The examination of the historical material presented here should encourage students of English, as well as other modern European literatures, to recognise and re-appraise their own critical assumptions.
 

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Books as heterocosms I
1
Organic and inorganic form
16
Criteria of complexity and simplicity
33
Inspiration SI 5 Making
67
The autobiographical element
83
Imitation and originality
102
Literary influences
119
Intended meanings
135
Apparent meanings
149
Truth and credibility
164
Evaluation
181
Notes
203
Index
251
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