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Owen Holland

Introducing Literary Criticism

From Plato to Virginia Woolf, Structuralism to Practical Criticism, Introducing Literary Criticism charts the history and development of literary criticism into a rich and complex discipline.
Tackling disputes over the value and meaning of literature, and exploring theoretical and practical approaches, this unique illustrated guide will help readers of all levels to get more out of their reading.
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  • 🌟shared an impression3 years ago
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    It's a great book. It introduces you to the "literature history" and how it has been influenced by a lot of things, specially philosophy and critical theory.

    Another really good feature is at the end of the book there's a list with a lot of recommended books if you want to go further.


  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    A poet, unlike a maker of tables, for example, creates only second-hand representations. The poet’s imitation of, say, a table is, for Plato, an imitation of an imitation, insofar as the table-maker’s table is itself only an imitation of the essential, or divine, form of the table.
  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    The Theory of Forms
    The decision to exclude poets from the republic is based on Plato’s suspicion of mimesis, or imitation, which is regarded as an artificial, or untruthful, deviation from the true essence of things. This is based on Plato’s theory of forms.
  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quotedlast year
    It is also, in another sense, one of the earliest surviving examples of literary criticism.

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