7. Neoclassical Literary Criticism

  1. M. A. R. Habib

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch7

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) Neoclassical Literary Criticism, in Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present: An Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328004.ch7

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:

  • neoclassical literary criticism;
  • neoclassicism, tendency in literature and art - from early seventeenth century until 1750;
  • major medieval and Renaissance writers - Dante, Ariosto, More, Spenser, and Milton, writings with fantastic and mythical beings;
  • two concepts central to neoclassical literary theory and practice - “imitation” and “nature”;
  • imitation of classical models - of Homer and Vergil;
  • neoclassicism, toward order, clarity and standardization manifested;
  • John Locke's theory of language, insistence on philosophy - “clear and distinct” ideas, avoiding figurative language;
  • French neoclassicism, and neoclassical literary criticism - roots in France, spreading to other parts of Europe;
  • main streams of English neoclassical criticism - inspired by French example;
  • Samuel Johnson, best remembered - his two-volume Dictionary of the English Language

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • French Neoclassicism

  • Neoclassicism in England