The nature of literary criticism
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The nature of literary criticism a lecture given in the University of Manchester on the Ludwig Mond Foundation, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1935. by Elton, Oliver

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Published by Folcroft Library Editions in [Folcroft, Pa.] .
Written in English


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LC ClassificationsPN85 .E6 1974
The Physical Object
Pagination26 p.
Number of Pages26
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5051125M
ISBN 100841439680
LC Control Number74012462

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Literary Criticism Nature And Function. 0. The word criticism has been derived from the Greek word which means Judgment. A critic is a person who expresses opinions about the good and bad qualities of books or the works of literature or poetry or the art of an artist or a painter.   Literary Criticism can be either the act of analyzing form and content of a given work, placing it within a given tradition, or it can be the theoretical corpus that informs literature, and that comprises a wide range of theories not explicitly literary (psychoanalysis, feminism, marxism, post-colonial studies). “Buell’s survey, framed by chapters about the emergence and possible future development of ecocriticism, organizes its material through a focus on issues of literary realism and representation in their relation to nature (chapter 2); the central role of place, space, and imagination for ecocritical thought (chapter 3); and a discussion of Cited by: The word criticism is derived from the Greek word meaning ” judgment”. Hence, criticism was known to be the exercise of judgment on works of literature, or it can be said that criticism is the play of mind to observe the merits and defects on the work of literature.

Literary Criticism – The analysis of a literary text though various lenses that highlight authorial stance, purpose, and perspective Part of the fun of reading good literature . history of literary criticism, a journey we are about to undertake in this book, is not only to revisit some of the profoundest sources of our identity but also to renew our connections with some of the deepest resources of our present and future sustenance.   The Nature of criticism Criticism and Creation To some people criticism seems to be secondary, sponging and inferior to creation. It is stated that the creative artist is personal and subjective, whereas a critic is impersonal, dispassionate, and detached. Literary criticism advances a particular argument about a specific text or a set of texts, so literary criticism should be persuasive. The first step in formulating a critical argument is to assume a rhetorical stance that engages a type, school, or approach of literary criticism.

The theory of literary evolution he developed in his book The Anxiety of Influence is considered seminal. His work Western Canon made Bloom a household name. One of America’s preeminent literary critics, Bloom has been translated into 40 languages, and is a MacArthur Prize fellow. Literary criticism is often published in essay or book form. Academic literary critics teach in literature departments and publish in academic journals, and more popular critics publish their reviews in broadly circulating periodicals such as the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times Book Review. Whether or not literary criticism should be considered a separate field of inquiry from literary theory, or conversely from book reviewing, is a matter of some controversy. Literary criticism is the study, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. Modern literary criticism is often informed by literary theory.   “An informed analysis and evaluation of a piece of literature”. OR “A written study, evaluation and interpretation of a work of literature”. The literary criticism is a concept, formed on the basis of critical analysis and primarily estimates the value and merit of literary works for the presence or quality of certain parameters of literary characteristics.