The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 9, Twentieth-Century Historical, Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 30, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 496 pages
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This ninth volume in The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism presents a wide-ranging survey of developments in literary criticism and theory during the last century. Drawing on the combined expertise of a large team of specialist scholars, it offers an authoritative account of the various movements of thought that have made the late twentieth century such a richly productive period in the history of criticism. The aim has been to cover developments which have had greatest impact on the academic study of literature, along with background chapters that place those movements in a broader, intellectual, national and socio-cultural perspective. In comparison with Volumes Seven and Eight, also devoted to twentieth-century developments, there is marked emphasis on the rethinking of historical and philosophical approaches, which have emerged, especially during the past two decades, as among the most challenging areas of debate.

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Christa Knellwolf King is a literary historian currently positioned as guest professor in the Department of English at the University of Konstanz. She has published widely on early modern literature, the age of Enlightenment, and cultural transformations of scientific thought. Recent publications include The Enlightenment World (Routledge, 2004), Frankenstein's Science: Experimentation and Discovery in Romantic Culture, 1780-1830 (Ashgate, 2008), Faustus and the Promises of the New Science, c.1580-1730 (Ashgate, 2008) and Stories of Empire: Narrative Strategies for the Legitimation of an Imperial World Order (WVT, 2009).

Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff.

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