18. The Later Twentieth Century: New Historicism, Reader-Response Theory, Postcolonial Criticism, Cultural Studies

  1. M. A. R. Habib

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch18

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction

How to Cite

Habib, M. A. R. (2010) The Later Twentieth Century: New Historicism, Reader-Response Theory, Postcolonial Criticism, Cultural Studies, in Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch18

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160346

Online ISBN: 9781444328004

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Keywords:

  • later twentieth century - new historicism, reader-response theory and postcolonial criticism;
  • prime influences on New Historicism - Michel Foucault, seeing knowledge as a form of power;
  • reader response theory - attaining prominence, dialogical nature of textual production;
  • postcolonial studies, roots traced - back to Edward Said's landmark work Orientalism and ethnic studies;
  • New Historicism, toward end of eighteenth century - with German writer, Herder;
  • Historicism, and all systems of thought, phenomena, institutions, works of art and literary texts - within a historical perspective;
  • language of Marxist economics - giving way, before Foucault's terminology of “power”;
  • Britain, and New Historicist critics, identifying themselves - with Raymond Williams' terminology as “cultural materialists”;
  • history of sexuality, and Foucault - discourse on sexuality, investigation into workings of power;
  • cultural analysis, stressing what is specific or unique - in terms of time, place and ideology to a given cultural and literary moment

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The New Historicism

  • Reader-Response and Reception Theory

  • Postcolonial Criticism

  • Cultural Studies