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The Beauty of Inflections : Literary Investigations in Historical Method and Theory - Jerome J. McGann

The Beauty of Inflections

Literary Investigations in Historical Method and Theory

Paperback Published: 4th August 1988
ISBN: 9780198117506
Number Of Pages: 256

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This collection of studies, which spans the past decade, was first published in hardback in 1985. As well as exploring the fault-lines marking the various kinds of ahistorical literary studies from the New Criticism to Post-Structuralism, it 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 characterization of period; and, finally, into the ideological dimensions of both literary works and the criticism of such works. Whilst focusing largely on nineteenth-century works - among them those of Keats, Byron, Tennyson, and Christina Rossetti - its arguments are applicable to literary studies in general, and its emphasis throughout is theoretical and methodological. '... an outstandingly good book.' John Lucas, Times Literary Supplement 'The essays exhibit wide and careful reading in the service of a criticism that is refreshing, even moving, in its advocacy of an old poetical ideal.' Victorian Poetry 'Few practising critics can speak concurrently on scholarly, critical, and theoretical issues with the authority of McGann... The Beauty of Inflections represents a major practical and theoretical intervention.' Modern Language Notes

'Few practising critics can speak concurrently on scholarly, critical, and theoretical issues with the authority of McGann... The Beauty of Inflections represents a major practical and theoretical intervention.' Modern Language Notes

Part 1: Keats and the historical method in literary criticism. Part 2 Textual studies and practical criticism: the monks and the giants - textual and bibliographical studies and the interpretation of literary works; shall these bones live?; the text, the poem and the problem of historical method. Part 3 Interpretation and critical history: "The Ancient Mariner" - the meaning of the meanings; Tennyson and the histories of criticism. Part 4 Problems of canon and periodization - the case of Christina Rossetti: Christina Rossetti's poems - a new edition and a revaluation; the religious poetry of Christina Rossetti. Part 5 Literature and the critique of history: the book of Byron and the book of a world; the anachronism of George Crabbe; Rome and its Romantic significance. Conclusion: imaginative belief and critical commitment. Theses on the philosophy of criticism.

ISBN: 9780198117506
ISBN-10: 0198117507
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 4th August 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.47