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Literary Criticism: A New History

Gary Day


Did you know that Aristotle thought the best tragedies were those which ended happily? Or that the first mention of the motor car in literature may have been in 1791, in James Boswell's Life of Johnson? Or that it was not unknown in the nineteenth century for book reviews to be 30,000 words long? These are just a few of the facts to be found in this history of literary criticism. From the Ancient Greek period to the present day, we learn about critics' lives, the times in which they lived, and how the same problems of interpretation and valuation persist through the ages. In this book, the aut ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, tragedies, James Boswell, Life of Johnson, nineteenth century, book reviews, literary criticism, critics' lives, interpretation, theory wars

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748615636
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Day, author