theoretical criticism


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theoretical criticism

a critical approach or doctrine that examines a literary work in the light of certain theories of literature or uses the text as a support for the development of literary theory. Cf. practical criticism.
See also: Criticism
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What this book offers instead is an accessible and often fascinating history that eschews the theoretical criticism that can often work to marginalise the role of the public in shaping the media and resolutely places them at the centre of the narrative.
The book includes essays that offer theoretical criticism on Baker's works and help readers understand and appreciate it.
An important element of Fletcher's analysis is the easy recuperation of literary and theoretical criticism from the early and mid-twentieth century.
These eleven papers on Edmund Spenser's poetry, life and thought, and on recent approaches to his work illustrate the developing trend away from theoretical criticism toward historical criticism.
The book includes the following chapters: 1) Feminism and the Left: From Personal Biography to Theoretical Criticism; 2) Feminism, Politics and the State: A New Vision of Politics and the State; 3) Feminism and an Understanding of Social Reality: The History of Concepts From Patriarchy to the Gender System; 4) From the Eighties to the 21st century: The Processes, Continuity and Change.
Instead of a complacent discourse about so far accepted aesthetic verities, new aestheticism presents a fundamental challenge to old-style aesthetics, that is, the politically impregnated, grossly reductive, elitist modes of committed theoretical criticism. As the introductory passage by the editors, John J.
In so doing, it becomes a study very much of this historical moment in the history of literary criticism and scholarship--and it brings scholarship on Hardy's poetry, for the first time, into the challenging and difficult arenas opened up by theoretical criticism. Hardy scholars should be grateful to Armstrong for an important piece of work well done.
In recent years, Habermas has seemed "to abandon any theoretical criticism of capitalism," Muller says, "instead focusing on the importance of law in modern societies and on the relationship between liberalism and democracy." Patriotism, with its inevitable reminder of the Nazi era, has long posed a problem for Germans.
that leave very little room for the free play." Postmodernism's "fabled openness and decenteredness" has been preempted by a theoretical criticism that tells us what postmodernism means as "unequivocally as Brooks and Warren once told us what the word 'design' means in a Robert Frost poem by that name."
Foul and Fair Play is a pleasure to read, with Roth's insights compelling and his style sharp and entertaining (a word all too seldom appropriate for works of theoretical criticism).
272) found in much Marxist analysis, may fortify the ironclad categories related to class, but it simultaneously opens the door to external theoretical criticism. Another common criticism is the value-laden nature of many of the concepts that form the building blocks of the theories under investigation.
This is perhaps a theoretical criticism, which should in no way detract from the admirable comprehensiveness of this work and the thoroughness with which he has surveyed the field, or from the impartiality that characterizes his criticism and general appraisal.

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