The 10 best literary theory and criticism books of 2020 thoughtco. It not only provides entries on individual authors but also discusses fully and critically topics such as criticism, literary scholarship, the short story, and the novel. However, literary scholarship since the 19th century often includesin addition to, or even instead of literary theory in the strict senseconsiderations of intellectual history, moral philosophy, social prophecy, and other interdisciplinary themes which are of. Russian futurism russian literary russian literature semantic. The 1930s were the most decisive decade in the history of soviet literary theory. How shakespeare became shakespeare, stephen greenblatt.
A brief history of literary theory xenos christian. There is no direct historical relationship between new criticism and russian. A history of russian literature hardcover june 19, 2018. Click and collect from your local waterstones or get free uk delivery on orders over. Literary criticism or literary studies is the study, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. Principally concerned with the production, circulation, and reception of texts and their material forms, book history seeks to connect. Nov 30, 20 buy a history of russian literary theory and criticism. Towards a theory of afroamerican literary criticism, henry louis gates, jr. Some of its concepts are still in use today in literary criticism. The history will comprise nine volumes and deal with literary theory and critical practice. Buy a history of russian literary theory and criticism. Victor terras, the eminent dostoevsky scholar, has assembled 107 contributors mainly from the united states and compiled a handbook of russian literature of unrivaled scope. Literary theory and criticism history of literature.
The soviet age and beyond evgeny dobrenko and galin tihanov. A brief history of english literature literary theory and. Related to other forms of literary criticism, the history of the book is a field of interdisciplinary inquiry drawing on the methods of bibliography, cultural history, history of literature, and media theory. It now appears that victor terrass excellent handbook of russian literature 1985 was, in a manner of speaking, just the prelude to this grand work which will certainly be welcomed by all scholars and students of russian literature. The russian formalists assailed the view of literature as an emanation of the authors soul, as a sociohistorical document, or as a manifestation of a philosophical system. As with american and british variations of formalist criticism, the historical confluence of russian formalism, the moscow linguistics circle, and the prague structuralists in the first three decades of the twentieth century acted as one of the most significant and formative influences upon the direction of literary theory and criticism during the latter half of the century.
The essential characteristics of russian literary criticism jstor. Literary theory and criticism article about literary theory. It includes the work of a number of highly influential russian and soviet scholars such as viktor shklovsky, yuri tynianov, vladimir propp, boris eichenbaum, roman jakobson, boris tomashevsky, grigory gukovsky who revolutionised literary criticism between 1914 and the. Thorough, clearly written, will laid out, and very usable. He is author, editor, or coeditor of twenty books including the cambridge companion to twentiethcentury russian literature and soviet culture and power. Russian literature is devoted to the description of unsuccessful love affairs. Theory and history of literature 198198 is a landmark event in twentiethcentury critical thought. In this way, their theoretical orientation corresponded to the aesthetic sensibility of modernist art, in particular futurism, with which the russian formalists were. A history of russian literary theory and criticism by. The theory of literary evolution he developed in his 1973 book the anxiety of influence is considered seminal.
Modern literary criticism is often influenced by literary theory, which is the philosophical discussion of literature s goals and methods. Modern novels and novelists literary theory and criticism. Arising from the social turmoil of the 1960s, cultural studies is an academic discipline which combines political economy, communication, sociology, social theory, literary theory, media theory, film studies, cultural anthropology, philosophy, art history criticism. One way to understand the modern novel is to show its development in the work of writers such as joseph conrad, marcel proust, james joyce, virginia woolf, franz kafka, and william faulkner. The 10 best literary theory and criticism books of 2020. Modern criticism began in the slavic world out of a desire to ask different questions with different vocabularies so as to stop knowing only what reason knows. A history of russian literary theory and criticism.
The greatest strength of a history is the way it brings the subject of criticism back to the fore in russian literary studies. The soviet age and beyond pitt series in russian and east european studies by evgeny dobrekno, galin tihanov isbn. The soviet age and beyond evgeny dobrenko, galin tihanov this volume assembles the work of leading international scholars in a comprehensive history of russian literary theory and criticism from 1917 to the postsoviet age. Theory and history of literature university of minnesota. Nov 15, 20 the greatest strength of a history is the way it brings the subject of criticism back to the fore in russian literary studies. Buy a history of russian literary theory and criticism by evgeny dobrekno, galin tihanov from waterstones today. A comprehensive account of every important russian trend between the world wars, the. Written in concise and clear language, this book offers an historical overview of literary criticism and theory throughout the twentieth century along with a close analysis of some of the most important and commonly taught texts from the period. During the 1920s the question of what literature might be appropriate for the new soviet state was hotly debated, yet not resolved. This edited volume assembles the work of leading international scholars in a comprehensive history of russian literary theory and criticism from 1917 to the postsoviet age. In as much as literary theory is a reflection of modern thought, not to mention its implications for biblical criticism, it is worth endeavoring to understand it. Russian literature history and criticism librarything.
Few books in history have been as poorly understood as the quran. Understanding and critiquing the books that line the bookshelves of the worlds readers is no easy task. By examining the dynamics of literary criticism and theory in three arenaspolitical, intellectual, and institutionalthe authors capture the progression and structure. Its central tenant is that the text of the writers work should be the focus of any inquiry or criticism regarding the work. Jul 18, 2018 the old english language or anglosaxon is the earliest form of english. Sent down in a series of revelations to the prophet muhammad, the quran is the. The soviet age and beyond 20, paperback at the best online prices at ebay. The analogy between biology and literary theory provided the frame of reference for genre studies and genre criticism.
By examining the dynamics of literary criticism and theory in three arenas political, intellectual, and institutionalthe authors capture the. The theory and criticism of literature are, of course, also closely tied to the history of literature. Theory and history of literature university of minnesota press. Though the two activities are closely related, literary critics are not always, and have not always been, theorists. An introduction provides an accessible overview of major figures and movements in literary theory and criticism from antiquity to the twentyfirst century. Provides an accessible introduction to modern literary theory and criticism places various modes of criticism within their historical. A history of russian literary theory and criticism university of. One of americas preeminent literary critics, bloom has been translated into 40 languages, and is a macarthur prize fellow.
However, literary scholarship since the 19th century often includesin addition to, or even instead of literary theory in the strict senseconsiderations of intellectual history, moral philosophy, social prophecy, and other interdisciplinary themes which. Handbook of russian literature yale university press. The fields we cover are philosophy and religion, government and politics, military and legal affairs, humanities, literary history and criticism, history, social sciences, and. Formalism, also called russian formalism, russian russky formalism, innovative 20thcentury russian school of literary criticism. Opoyaz, an acronym for russian words meaning society for the study of poetic language, founded in 1916 at st. Intended to stimulate research and encourage interdisciplinary dialogue, as well as to introduce prominent european theorists to the american academy, this book series is internationally renowned for its foundational literary scholarship.
A leading russian literary critic of the 20th century viktor shklovsky, in his book, zoo, or letters not about love, wrote, russian literature has a bad tradition. Another way to answer the original question is from a purely pragmatic viewpoint, as kevin vanhoozer has said, for better or for worse, every form of literary criticism eventually. Literary theory and schools of criticism introduction a very basic way of thinking about literary theory is that these ideas act as different lenses critics use to view and talk about art, literature, and even culture. These different lenses allow critics to consider works of art based on certain assumptions within that school of theory.
Petersburg later leningrad and led by viktor shklovsky. History of russian literature yale university press. Provides an accessible introduction to modern literary theory and criticism places various modes of criticism within their historical and intellectual. By the age of enlightenment, literature had grown in importance, and from the early 1830s, russian literature underwent an astounding golden age. Unique, because there is no other serious scholarly history that encompasses the whole spectrum of modern russian literary theory and criticism. Russian formalism was a school of literary criticism in russia from the 1910s to the 1930s. The roots of russian literature can be traced to the middle ages, when epics and chronicles in old east slavic were composed. He is the author of nine books on russian literature and culture including paralogies. The fields we cover are philosophy and religion, government and politics, military and legal affairs, humanities, literary history and criticism, history, social sciences, and much more. In the theory of the formal method 1927, boris eichenbaum defends russian formalism against various attacks. Introduction to critical theory introduction to literature. Literary theory in a strict sense is the systematic study of the nature of literature and of the methods for analyzing literature. The birth and death of literary theory tells the story of literary theory by focusing on its formative interwar decades in russia.
Pdf a critical overview of literary criticism in english. The best books on literary criticism five books expert. Discover book depositorys huge selection of literature. Literary theory and criticism english literature, literary theory, linguistics, film theory, media theory, ugc net jrf exam preparation, novel analysis, research papers nasrullah mambrol. Russian literature to 1700 history and criticism 1 german literature history and criticism 1 communist aesthetics 1 soviet literature history and criticism 1 russian literature 1 literature, comparative russian and ukrainian 1 russia intellectual life 18011917 1. By examining the dynamics of literary criticism and theory in three arenaspolitical, intellectual, and institutionalthe authors capture the progression and structure of. Home literary criticism modern novels and novelists. This volume assembles the work of leading international scholars in a comprehensive history of russian literary theory and criticism f.
By examining the dynamics of literary criticism and theory in three arenaspolitical, intellectual, and institutionalthe authors capture the progression and structure of russian literary criticism and its. A history of russian literary theory and criticism book description. The cambridge history of literary criticism provides a comprehensive historical account of western literary criticism from classical antiquity to the present day. The greatest english poem, beowulf is the first english epic. This volume assembles the work of leading international scholars in a comprehensive history of russian literary theory and criticism from 1917 to the postsoviet age. Presents a history of russian literary theory and criticism from 1917 to the postsoviet age. Panorama of russia specializes in nonfiction russian language books and reference publications from the russian federation and the commonwealth of independent states. Modern novels and novelists by nasrullah mambrol on march 21, 2019 2. Some of the greatest minds in academia and literary criticism, as well as writers themselves, have attempted to define what makes good literature, or just what makes literature. The chapters follow early movements such as formalism, the bakhtin circle, proletklut, futurism, the fellow. The essays in this volume seek to appreciate the literary construction of this much read, yet little analyzed, form and to explore its functions as interpretive history, social modelling, and political expression in russian culture. Russian formalism is a school of literary criticism formed in russia that became highly influential in the early decades of the 1900s. Literary theory and schools of criticism introduction.
By examining the dynamics of literary criticism and theory in three arenaspolitical, intellectual, and institutionalthe authors capture the progression and structure of russian literary criticism and its changing function and discourse. Then the indication of the word literary criticism along with the origin and development of literary criticism has. Literary theory and criticism is in many ways linked to the humanities, some of which philosophy, aesthetics serve as its methodological basis. Literary criticism project gutenberg selfpublishing. Many of the poems of the period are pagan, in particular widsith and beowulf. It is designed for students at the undergraduate level or for others needing a broad synthesis of the long history of literary theory. An able champion, he describes formalisms evolution, notes its major figures and works, clears away decayed axioms, and rescues literature from primitive historicism and other dangers.83 910 1318 432 1222 1132 507 180 1502 730 1325 1394 674 1022 227 580 692 1257 1111 841 459 595 867 1021 564 116 88 61 226 629 244 264 1164 778 258 886 564 672 387 1452 113 53 790 1384 1101 1230