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The Beauty of Inflections: Literary Investigations in Historical Method and Theory

Jerome J. McGann

Abstract

As well as exploring the fault-lines marking the various kinds of historical literary studies from the New Criticism to Post-Structuralism, this book develops a fully elaborated socio-historical criticism for literary works. It achieves this by means of four special sets of investigations: into the relation between the so-called ‘autonomous’ poem and its political/historical contexts; into the relation of reception and history to literary interpretation; into the problems of canon and the characterisation of period; and, finally, into the ideological dimensions of both literary works and the c ... More

Keywords: New Criticism, Post-Structuralism, socio-historical criticism, autonomous poem, political/historical contexts, 19th-century literature, John Keats, Byron, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Christina Rossetti

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117506
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117506.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerome J. McGann, author
University of Virginia