The Invention of English Criticism: 1650-1760 (Paperback)
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The Invention of English Criticism: 1650-1760 (Paperback)

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Paperback 228 Pages / Published: 31/08/2017
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Early literary criticism was undisciplined. Unlike the staid essays and monographs of later academic scholarship, English criticism first appeared in the contentious world of the London theater: dramatists and other poets argued about their craft in contending prefaces and dedications, and their disputes spilled into the public sphere in pamphlet wars, mock epics, lampoons, and even novels. Across these forms, criticism was personal, political, and unconcerned with analysis for its own sake. Yet this unruly discourse laid the groundwork both for modern literary criticism and for the discipline of literary studies. The Invention of English Criticism explores the earliest uses of criticism and the attempts by some to convert a field of literary debate into an archive of useful knowledge. Criticism's undisciplined past thus illuminates its contested, ambivalent, and never fully disciplined present.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107498525
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 227 x 151 x 13 mm


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'In The Invention of English Criticism Michael Gavin addresses an important subject with a shrewd awareness of traditional interests of literary study; contemporary concerns with the continuities of oral, written and printed media; and a current appreciation of the ways in which gender issues trouble and complicate the broad literary marketplace of the Restoration and eighteenth century. The book features a wide variety of literary players and sites, and deploys a welcome mixture of literary genres to rewrite the history of English critical discourse in an altogether compelling way: a book of significant argumentative reach and of impressive critical and historical sophistication.' Steven Zwicker, Stanley Elkin Professor in the Humanities in Arts and Sciences, Washington University, St Louis
'Imbued throughout with an awareness of our own media shift, Michael Gavin's elegant book is a significant advance in the history of criticism that synthesizes earlier accounts with the latest research into the material history of the book, the development of the public sphere, and the contribution of women writers.' Marcie Frank, author
'The motivating paradox of Michael Gavin's The Invention of English Criticism, 1650-1760 is that the field of literary criticism arose out of attacks on critics. ... By grounding his work in book history rather than the history of English as a discipline, or of literary theory, Gavin is firmly planted in scholarship on print culture.' Nicolle Jordan, Modern Philology

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