Ancient Literary Criticism (Oxford Readings in Classical by Andrew Laird

By Andrew Laird

The amount makes commonly to be had a few vital scholarship at the canonical texts of historical rhetoric and poetics. whereas there are many experiences of basic developments in classical feedback, this assortment bargains direct discussions of fundamental resources, which offer an invaluable better half to the Russell and Winterbottom anthology, old Literary feedback. the quantity includes a chronology, feedback for additional examining, a brand new translation of Bernays' 1857 essay on katharsis, and a major introductory bankruptcy addressing the strain in historic literary feedback among its position within the classical culture and its position in modern endeavors to reconstruct old tradition.

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Silk, Interaction in Poetic Imagery (Cambridge, 1974) also oVer syntheses of ancient and modern ideas. For current presuppositions about ancient views of genre, see Rosenmeyer in this volume. ‡‡ The theory of fiction, after all, involves theoretically awkward considerations of reference, truth-status, and content which are currently the considerations of analytic philosophers rather than literary theorists and critics: see my own discussion, ‘Fiction, Philosophy, and Logical Closure’, in S. ), Classical Constructions (Oxford, 2005).

The Preface to T. Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction (Oxford, 1983). The truism was addressed influentially and with considerable sophistication by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in The German Ideology (1845). 24 Andrew Laird for that: the absence of (contemporary) theoretical self-awareness in a discussion of the literary criticism of antiquity matters no more than it matters in a discussion of anything else from antiquity. It is worth saying again that the need for accessibility was a criterion for the pieces selected for this book.

M. Forster) from England between 1300 and 1900. The interconnections of the Graeco-Roman canon perhaps find a better modern counterpart in the literary culture of Russia, where Pushkin has occupied a position somewhat analogous to Homer’s in antiquity: even 20th-century writers and film directors routinely alluded to precursors and to each other. This extraordinary literary history might help to account for the strong tradition of poetics and literary theory in Russia (n. 20). The Value of Ancient Criticism 21 through acquaintance with other works in Greek and Latin: students who are interested in ancient literary criticism will want to keep a record of testimonies they can find for themselves.

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