Literary theory and criticism and its
Literary criticism is the term given to studies that define, classify, analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of literature there are many types of literary criticism: some examples include historical criticism, textual criticism, feminist criticism, and formalist criticism. Feminist literary criticism is based on the analysis and description of literature, in general how it portrays the male domination and how to cope with this deeply rooted barrier this school of thoughts seeks to find the economic, social and political forces which have an influence on literature. “easy cheesy theory squeezes” a baby’s-eye-glance at some influential methods of approaching literature and life #1: formalism aka “new criticism,” “liberal humanism,” “practical criticism,” “formalist theory” a text without a context is a literary artifact when: 1920s-1970s where: first russia, then england, then america. Simply put, literary criticism is the application of critical theory to a literary text, whether or not a given critic is aware of the theoretical assumptions informing her or his interpretation” critical theory since plato. Literary theory is a site of theories: some theories, like queer theory, are in other literary theories, like deconstruction, are out but continue to exert an influence on the field traditional literary criticism, new criticism, and structuralism are alike in that they held to the view that the study of literature has an.
A word to the wise this is going to be a hard class and there's no use kidding ourselves about it thinking about literary theory is really thinking about one of the most amorphous things in the academy right now, theory itself. Template:refimprove literary theory in a strict sense is the systematic study of the nature of literature and of the methods for analyzing literature however, literary scholarship since the 19th century often includes - in addition to, or even instead of literary theory in the strict sense. A history of its critical interpretations 1898 - 1979 : edward j parkinson, phd: this saint louis university phd dissertation, published in 1991, surveys the criticism of the turn of the screw from the novella's publication to 1980 it relates trends in the turn of the screw criticism to developments in literary criticism and literary theory and. Several surveys present a chronological history of ancient literary criticism from homer to late antiquity kennedy 1989 includes contributions by a number of specialists who discuss a great variety of texts from homer to the neoplatonists and the church fathers it is the successor of grube 1965.
Reader response criticism starts with what formalist literary criticism called the affective fallacy — that the response of the reader is relevant to understanding a text — and uses it as the focus of approaching a work of literature there are different approaches within this school of critical theory, however some look at the work from. The last decade has seen the production of a considerable amount of work in the area of marxist aesthetics and literary criticism this work has been very uneven in quality and in general has revealed serious limitations. In general, can psychoanalytic principles and models be used to organise the form and content of literary criticism is this discipline categorisable in a “scientific” fashion or is the refusal to categorise it yet another genteel mystifying impulse to explain particular texts, don’t we need universal archetypes. Literary theory itself is the study of the principles of literature, its categories, criteria, and the like, and by differentiating studies of concrete works of art as either “literary criticism” (primarily static in approach) or “literary history” (wellek & warren 1977: 39.
Jungian criticism, closely related to freudian theory because of its connection to psychoanalysis, assumes that all stories and symbols are based on mythic models from mankind’s past based on these commonalities, jung developed archetypal myths, the syzygy: a quaternion composing a whole, the unified self. A history of literary criticism and theory: from plato to the present harmon, william and c hugh holman, a handbook to literature murfin, ross and supryia m ray, the bedford glossary of critical and literary terms. Feminist literary criticism in the united states has long been attacked for its lack of unified theory, a point that many feminist critics conceded and addressed in the 1980’s. Literary theory and criticism are steadily evolving disciplines devoted to the interpretation of literary works they offer unique ways to analyze texts through specific perspectives or sets of principles there are many literary theories, or frameworks, available to address and analyze a given text. An introduction to literary criticism and theory before we begin our examination and study of literary theory, it is important that we define exactly what literary theory is and is not, identify some of the main characteristics.
Encyclopaedia of theory 1 literary theory and criticism: the four ‘poles’ richard l w clarke literature is a mode of verbal expression which offers a fictional representation of some aspect(s) of the world literary criticism is another mode of verbal expression which seeks to offer an account of works of literature. Literary criticism and literary theory literary criticism involves the reading, interpretation and commentary of a specific text or texts which have been designated as literature two conventions or assumptions which tend to be inherent in its practice are: a) that criticism is secondary to literature itself and dependent on it and b) that. Literature, literary theory and literary criticism an introduction this website features poetry, drama and prose from the sixteenth century to the present day each work is introduced in its social, cultural and literary context for each text, two literary theories are suggested there is also a short discussion of the nature and significance of the. Feminist literary criticism is literary criticism informed by feminist theory, or, more broadly, by the politics of feminism it uses feminist principles and ideology to critique the language of literature this school of thought seeks to analyze and describe the ways in which literature portrays the narrative of male domination by exploring.
Schools of literary criticism ~ a beginning this handout is your introduction to schools of literary theory and criticism this list is not comprehensive nor are the brief explanations the only ways of distinguishing these areas of theory. Plot symbolism theme the elements of literature aliterary theories & schools of criticism formalism (1930s-present) formalists treat each work as its own distinct piece and sentence structure/syntaxthe working together of all the parts to make an inseparable whole. Literary theory in a strict sense is the systematic study of the nature of literature and of the methods for analyzing literature however, literary scholarship since the 19th century often includes—in addition to, or even instead of literary theory in the strict sense—considerations of intellectual history, moral philosophy, social prophecy, and. Literary theory is not a single enterprise but a set of related concepts and practices — most importantly deconstruction, post-althusserian ideological or 'political' criticism, post-lacanian psychoanalytic criticism, new historicist or 'cultural' criticism, some reader-response criticism and much feminist criticism the aim of this essay is.
As such, we turn to the work of edward said as a case study for literary criticism and theory that anticipates these contemporary debates and suggests various ways forward. Literary theory and criticism and its relevance today literary criticism is primarily the evaluation of the importance of a particular work or body of work on such grounds as: the personal and/or cultural importance of the themes and the uses of language of a text the insights and impact of a text and the aesthetic [. Myth theory and criticism: myth criticism designates not so much a critical approach in literary studies as the convergence of several methods and forms of inquiry about the complex relations between literature and myth. Arnold's criticism usually involved poetry his support of literary criticism greatly influenced the literary world, building a new appreciation for its practice arnold's scientific approach to criticism included both individual and comparative evaluations he would explore an author's purpose for writing, helping to determine what the author.