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Selected Essays in Criticism - L.C. Knights

Selected Essays in Criticism

Paperback Published: 3rd August 1981
ISBN: 9780521280839
Number Of Pages: 244

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This is a selection of essays by one of the most distinguished of modern literary critics, L. C. Knights, published as a companion volume to the selection of Professor Knights' Shakespearean essays, which appeared in 1979. The essays span almost four decades of critical work on authors as diverse as Marlowe, George Herbert, Clarendon and Henry James. At the centre of each essay is an attempt to elicit some essential quality in the author, or authors, discussed. Although each can be read as an isolated critical essay, the different pieces are linked by a pervasive interest in the conditions, social or personal, out of which particular works emerged, and in the way in which major works of the imagination are renewed as they are re-interpreted in successive generations. Throughout, the underlying assumption is that literary criticism needs to be 'pure' - the result of direct exposure to particular works - but that it cannot remain purely literary, if only because the meaning of literature includes its effects on the lives and conduct of individual human beings.

Preface
The strange case of Christopher Marlowe
George Herbert
All or nothing: a theme in John Donne
Ben Jonson: public attitudes and social poetry
The social background of metaphysical poetry
Reflections on Clarendon's History of the Rebellion
Restoration comedy: the reality and the myth
Early Blake
Two notes on Coleridge
Idea and symbol: some hints from Coleridge
Henry James and the trapped spectator
Henry James and human liberty
Poetry and 'things hard for thought'
Literature and the teaching of literature
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ISBN: 9780521280839
ISBN-10: 0521280834
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 3rd August 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31