This comprehensive guide to the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present day provides an authoritative overview of the major movements, figures, and texts of literary criticism, as well as surveying their cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts.
Supplies the cultural, historical and philosophical background to the literary criticism of each era
Enables students to see the development of literary criticism in context
Organised chronologically, from classical literary criticism through to deconstruction
Considers a wide range of thinkers and events from the French Revolution to FreudТs views on civilization
Can be used alongside any anthology of literary criticism or as a coherent stand-alone introduction