A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present

A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present

Editor(s): M. A. R. Habib

Published Online: 17 DEC 2007

Print ISBN: 9780631232001

Online ISBN: 9780470752142

DOI: 10.1002/9780470752142

About this Book

This comprehensive guide to the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present day provides an authoritative overview of the major movements, figures, and texts of literary criticism, as well as surveying their cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts.


  • Supplies the cultural, historical and philosophical background to the literary criticism of each era
  • Enables students to see the development of literary criticism in context
  • Organised chronologically, from classical literary criticism through to deconstruction
  • Considers a wide range of thinkers and events from the French Revolution to Freud's views on civilization
  • Can be used alongside any anthology of literary criticism or as a coherent stand-alone introduction

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Ancient Greek Criticism

  2. Part II: The Traditions of Rhetoric

  3. Part III: Greek and Latin Criticism During the Roman Empire

  4. Part IV: The Medieval Era

  5. Part V: The Early Modern Period to the Enlightenment

  6. Part VI: The Earlier Nineteenth Century and Romanticism

  7. Part VII: The Later Nineteenth Century

  8. Part VIII: The Twentieth Century

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