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  Literary Theory [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
It is literary theory that formulates the relationship between author and work; literary theory develops the significance of race, class, and gender for literary study, both from the standpoint of the biography of the author and an analysis of their thematic presence within texts.
Literary theory and the formal practice of literary interpretation runs a parallel but less well known course with the history of philosophy and is evident in the historical record at least as far back as Plato.
Academic literary criticism prior to the rise of "New Criticism" in the United States tended to practice traditional literary history: tracking influence, establishing the canon of major writers in the literary periods, and clarifying historical context and allusions within the text.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/l/literary.htm   (4789 words)

  
 OUP: The History of Literary History
Literary history is distinct from political history, but an historical understanding of literature cannot be divorced from cultural and intellectual revolutions or the effects of social change and the upheaval of war.
The title “Literary History” is used in order to avoid explicitly evoking the implications of the word “Literature” that are carried by, say, the National Curriculum for English in Secondary Schools, in which Literature is a body of Novels, Poems and Plays.
Historically, a much wider range of writing may properly be considered as “literary” or as belonging within the realm of what used to be called “letters.” The boundaries of the literary in general and of English literary history in particular have changed through the centuries.
www.oup.co.uk /academic/humanities/literature/oelhist/bate   (2422 words)

  
 Rethinking Literary History - Comparatively (ACLS Occasional Paper No. 27)
Literary historians over the centuries have always been aware of the complexity of literary production, but the new methodological paradigms developed by various critical theories in the last few decades have made it impossible not to add to this an awareness of the equally complicated and equally significant nature of literary reception.
This general intertwining of the literary and the national, however, is not one to be abandoned in a “comparative” literary history, but to limit oneself to it would be to downplay the power of other “imagined communities”; based on, say, language or geographic region rather than nation.
A comparative literary history would have to acknowledge the epistemological limitations that its hermeneutic situation creates: each historian will be situated, as a real person living in a linguistic and cultural community, and it is from that specific position that he/she can engage what phenomenologists call the horizon of the past.
www.acls.org /op27.htm   (4021 words)

  
 History - From the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
History in the wider sense is all that has happened, not merely all the phenomena of human life, but those of the natural world as well.
Buckle, in his History of Civilization in England (1857), was the first to work out the influences of the material world upon history, developing through a wealth of illustration the importance of food, soil and the general aspect of nature upon the formation of society.
Histories of commerce and cities now rank beside those on war and kings, although there are readers still who prefer to follow the pennants of robber barons rather than to watch the slow evolution of modern conditions.
www.msu.edu /~lorenze1/history.html   (9287 words)

  
 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: English Literature
It is the custom of historians of literature to divide the literary life of Chaucer into a French, an Italian, and an English period, according as his work was influenced by the manner of each national literature.
Criticism of poetry, history, often in the form of chronicles, geography, and adventure, such as in Hakluyt's collection of "Voyages", together with innumerable translations from classical and modern authors, were some of the matters treated in prose.
His extraordinarily vigorous satires, marked by his study of Pope, whose poetry he championed in a literary controversy of the time, are unique in the energy of their style and the strength and sting of their wit.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/05458a.htm   (11514 words)

  
 Literary Nonfiction
Alternatively known as "creative nonfiction," "literary journalism," and the "literature of fact," literary nonfiction is that branch of writing which employs literary techniques and artistic vision usually associated with fiction or poetry to report on actual persons, places, or events.
Put another way, Literary Nonfiction is a course in both reading (literature) and writing (composition and journalism): critical reading of well-crafted prose (from the ancients to the moderns) and effective writing of contemporary forms of literary nonfiction.
In addition to illustrating the genre’s rich literary history, the course provides opportunities to analyze the distinctive stylistic and rhetorical features of major British and American essayists, particularly those of the twentieth century.
www.nt.armstrong.edu /literary.htm   (286 words)

  
 Overview of Literary History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The information contained in these pages on literary history is such as Japanese high school students are expected to know to be able to pass university entrance examinations.
Jōdai covers Japanese literary history through the Nara period (710-794); chūko is used more or less synonymously with the literature of the Heian period (794-1180); chūsei takes in the Kamakura (1180-1333), Muromachi (1333-1573), and Azuchi-Momoyama (1573-1600) periods; and kinsei is most often used to refer to the Edo period (1600-1867).
The end of the war witnessed a resurgent cosmopolitanism that has resulted in a striking literary diversity and has led to a reassessment of the way in which tradition and modernity can be said to contribute to the Japanese sense of identity.
www.f.waseda.jp /mjewel/jlit/literary_history/overview.html   (1085 words)

  
 Literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The "literary" nature of science writing has become less pronounced over the last two centuries, as advances and specialization have made new scientific research inaccessible to most audiences; science now appears mostly in journals.
Literary technique is distinguished from literary genre as military tactics are from military strategy.
Literary criticism implies a critique and evaluation of a piece of literature and in some cases is used to improve a work in progress or classical piece.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Literary   (2844 words)

  
 A History of Literary Societies at Hanover College
The emergence in 1830 of literary societies, which played an important role in the life of the College for almost one hundred years until falling prey to other campus organizations, was not only a natural extension of the Academy's early objectives, but also provided students with the opportunity for self-government.
The history of literary societies at Hanover took on a new dimension in 1880 with the admission of women to the full course of studies.
These Literary Societies were of almost inestimable value to the students and their relegation to a minor place in the college life has been a serious loss.
history.hanover.edu /hhr/94/hhr94_1.html   (1997 words)

  
 History of literature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The history of literature is the historical development of writings in prose or poetry which attempt to provide entertainment, enlightenment, or instruction to the reader/hearer/observer, as well as the development of the literary techniques used in the communication of these pieces.
Ancient Egyptian literature was not included in early studies of the history of literature because the writings of Ancient Egypt were not translated into European languages until the 19th century when the Rosetta stone was deciphered.
Many authors consider the western literary tradition to have begun with the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, which remain giants in the literary canon for their skillful and vivid depictions of war and peace, honor and disgrace, love and hatred.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Literary_history   (3380 words)

  
 Literary History of Alberta, volume 1: From Writing-on-Stone to World War Two by Eliane Leslau   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Melnyk hesitates to place the Native oral tradition into the history, since he does not believe it is his to deliver to our past; he also hesitates not to place it there.
Melnyk’s goal is not only the three he ostensibly claims: that Alberta has a literary history; that Alberta’s literary identity is polyphonic; and that by the end of the period Alberta moves towards a place in global literary scenes.
And this is obviously his hope: that Canadian history should ac­knowledge Alberta as a cultural space and that its literary past be remembered as born in a particular geography, ultimately to become part of a nation after 1945.
www.utpjournals.com /product/chr/801/literary.html   (706 words)

  
 Rethinking Literary History -- Comparatively: Theoretical Assumptions...
A comparative literary history would have to acknowledge the epistemological limitations that its hermeneutic situation creates: each literary historian will be situated as a real person living in a particular linguistic and cultural community, and it is from that specific position that he/she can engage what phenomenologists call the "horizon" of the past.
The literary texts of that past were created by people in a specific language, at a specific moment, in a specific place; but the literary historian is also an historical being, "situated" with similar particularity.
In Anglo-American literary criticism, the rise of what has been called the New Historicism is an example of a post-New Critical (post-formalist) return to the historical embeddedness of literature.
www.chass.utoronto.ca /lithist/assum.html   (1005 words)

  
 chelsea literary journal | history
The reasons for initiating a literary journal in academic surroundings are clear enough: it becomes a house organ for the college, a convenient apprenticeship for students, a sounding board for the faculty, perhaps eventually a prestigious footnote for the institution in question.
She contributed intermittent essays: on poetry, on 'the sex factor in social progress,' or woman's 'bondage' to history and to herself (still radical views at that time), and of course the heart of The Telling in 20/21.
Otherwise, the criteria were back glances on our history; indicative topics of the times; the obligatory mix of the routine and the exceptional.
www.chelseamag.org /about/history.asp   (4352 words)

  
 Small Press Traffic -- San Francisco Literary History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The idea was to provide the literary community with a small press bookstore, a catalog of small presses for libraries and bookstores, and a meeting place for writers.
Those who might have been at the edges of literary acceptableness in the ’70s are now required reading in high school English classes, while any unpublished writer is considered risky in light of the few remaining large publishing houses’ bottomline.
Despite the hardships all artistic organizations have faced in the last decade, SPT is still at the forefront of discovering the literary gems that the mainstream passed over in its profitic blindness and its disinterest in challenging what literature should be.
www.sptraffic.org /html/History.html   (2051 words)

  
 Hans Kellner, English 5360 (Twentieth-century Literary History)
Hayden White, "Literary History: The Point of It All" (FC3) Pay attention to White's usual strategy of identifying the forms of any particular discourse, and his typical response, which is to transcend them by posing a meta-discourse.
The last chapter on "Literary History" seems an afterthought in a moment when all attention was turned to the text itself.
Hayden White, "Auerbach's Literary History" (FC10) White, much influenced by Auerbach's work, considers the question of "figuralism," which is the central term in the work of both scholars.
www.uta.edu /english/rcct/5360hanscrit.html   (1995 words)

  
 Chinese Cultural Studies: Chinese Literature: Brief Guide
After the fall of a dynasty, for example, a grand history of the late dynasty was commissioned and written by scholars in the next dynasty.
This drama form won gradual support from literary figures, and in the 16th century the influential K'un school, which was to dominate the theater until the end of the 18th century, was formed.
Lu Xun's literary activity began in 1918 when, at the urging of friends, he published a short story, "A Madman's Diary." The first Western-style short story written in Chinese, it was a satiric attack on the traditional Confucian culture of China.
academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu /core9/phalsall/texts/chinlit.html   (3520 words)

  
 The new school of literary history in Russia Style - Find Articles
The creation of a Division of Verbal Arts, thanks to Viktor Zhirmunskii, at the Institute for the History of the Arts in Leningrad, made possible the attendance of the young auditor who was not intimidated by the cold, or sometimes the lack of lighting.
The early ideas of the new school bore the imprint of the polemics amid which they had been introduced: often excessive and paradoxical, it was various general tendencies opposed to those of the traditionalists that they strongly expressed rather than the precise opinions of those who formulated them.
War was declared against these practices along the three main lines that the traditionalists gave literary history, namely biographical history, social history, and philosophical history.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2342/is_4_37/ai_n6344000   (797 words)

  
 Literary History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
We will consider the notion of literary history and various schemes of periodization by examining closely the reception history of three authors from the seventeenth century: William Shakespeare, John Donne, and Margaret Cavendish.
Their value as writers and the importance of individual works by each has risen or fallen in various periods according to contemporary literary taste, social climate, political environment, and the like.
Donne's poetry, for instance, was enormously influential during his own lifetime, became unfashionable during the 18th century, and went on to be dear to the hearts of modernists like TS Eliot.
jan.ucc.nau.edu /~jbf/LiteraryHistorySyllabusFinalWeb.html   (1172 words)

  
 New Literary History, Autumn 2005
New Literary History focuses on theory and interpretation-the reasons for literary change, the definitions of periods, and the evolution of styles, conventions, and genres.
A prolific writer of literary and cultural criticism, philosophy, and prose fiction, Brzozowski remains to be situated within the broader cultural thematics of his time.
Chinese literary and cultural studies, due to the translation of these journals, will move closer and closer toward the international community, thereby having equal dialogues with the latter.
www.fabula.org /actualites/article13422.php   (1834 words)

  
 Literary History and the Brain   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Cognitive science typically assumes that the mental structures it studies are invariant over historical time, while literary history tends to adopt the contrary presupposition, that nothing historically invariant comes within its purview.
We would like to challenge both of these assumptions, and to forge a middle ground where culture can be shown both to emerge out of and also to feed back into the structure of the brain.
Work at the intersection of literary studies and cognitive science has to date tended to adopt a synchronic approach, focusing on subjects such as figurative language, narrative, genre, or poetics.
www.sscnet.ucla.edu /comm/steen/cogweb/MLA98/LiteraryHistory.html   (174 words)

  
 Literary history of the Pentateuch (Documentary Hypothesis)
[VI, 162] Formerly called “literary criticism” or “higher criticism,” source criticism is a method of biblical study which analyzes texts that are not the work of a single author but result from the combination of originally separate documents.
After the Enlightenment, scholars began to think of the Bible as a source in a different sense: as important historical evidence from which the history of Israel or of the early church could be reconstructed.
If a history of Israel was to be written, it was essential to establish which were the primary sources of evidence—and the four-document hypothesis maintained that there were four such sources, rather than (as a superficial reading of the Pentateuch would suggest) only one.
www.ucalgary.ca /~eslinger/genrels/DocHypothesis.html   (1702 words)

  
 Literary History
The Literary History of the San Jose Area
But the recent history of the Valley is only beginning to be turned into fiction and poetry.
The literary scene in the Valley is continuing to redefine itself at a dizzying speed.
www2.sjsu.edu /depts/english/MFA/literary_history.html   (770 words)

  
 The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. 1907–21
The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes.
Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing.
The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole.
www.bartleby.com /cambridge   (184 words)

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