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Historicism and Archaeo-Historicism

ROBERT D. HUME

in Reconstructing Contexts: The Aims and Principles of Archaeo-Historicism

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186328
eISBN:
9780191674518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186328.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The primary object of Archaeo–Historicism is to reconstruct historical texts. The aim here is to analyse the methodological problems that underlie any attempt to recreate the context that might be ... More


Impossible Modernism: T. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, and the Critique of Historical Reason

Robert S. Lehman

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780804799041
eISBN:
9781503600140
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799041.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Impossible Modernism reveals in the modernism of T.S. Eliot and Walter Benjamin a shared project: both authors sought to resist the forms of narrating events that had been codified by academic ... More


Fear of the Past: Post-Soviet Culture and the Soviet Terror

Alexander Etkind

in Facing Fear: The History of an Emotion in Global Perspective

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691153599
eISBN:
9781400845248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691153599.003.0010
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter examines the representation of Soviet terror in post-Soviet culture. It proposes a new concept, that of memory-dread, to analyze how Russians perceive the Soviet terror. It interprets ... More


Speaking With the Dead: Explorations in Literature and History

Jurgen Pieters

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748615889
eISBN:
9780748652020
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615889.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book deals with the special power of literary texts to put us in contact with the past. A large number of authors, coming from different ages, have described this power in terms of ‘the ... More


Sacvan Bercovitch as “American” Scholar

Randall Fuller

in Emerson's Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195313925
eISBN:
9780199787753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313925.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the construction of Emerson by Sacvan Bercovitch and the New Americanists. Focusing on the so-called subversion-containment model of the New Historicism, it reveals how ... More


Victims or villains? Open verdicts in Crime na Calle Relator

Sara Brandellero

in On a Knife-Edge: The Poetry of João Cabral de Melo Neto

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589524
eISBN:
9780191595462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589524.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter studies João Cabral's collection Crime na Calle Relator (1987), giving particular attention to the poet's treatment of crime narratives and his use of anecdotal material. It gives ... More


Horizons of the Masque

Lauren Shohet

in Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199295890
eISBN:
9780191594311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295890.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter shows that mid‐ and late‐ seventeenth‐century booksellers' catalogues designate public theatrical masques, Interregnum closet pieces, and Restoration operas as “masques.” Masques were ... More


Epilogue: The Intimate Historicism of Late Twentieth-Century Feminist Criticism

J. Samaine Lockwood

in Archives of Desire: The Queer Historical Work of New England Regionalism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625362
eISBN:
9781469625386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625362.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature

This epilogue presents a series of recognitions regarding how the intimate historicism practiced by the New England regionalists—their sensual history making endeavors—resonate with the historicism ... More


A Storied Sage: Canon and Creation in the Making of a Japanese Buddha

Micah L. Auerback

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226286389
eISBN:
9780226286419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226286419.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book offers a diachronic analysis of narratives recounting the life of the Buddha and their transformations—typically in written texts, but including material culture and ritual practice. It ... More


Anecdotal Theory: Edmund Scott, Exact Discourse (1606); Stephen Greenblatt, Learning to Curse (1990)

Eric Hayot

in The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, modernity, and Chinese Pain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195377965
eISBN:
9780199869435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377965.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History, Asian History

This chapter presents a lengthy reading of an account of the torture of a Chinese goldsmith recorded in Edmund Scott's 1606 Exact Discourse of the Subtilties… of the East Indians, and Stephen ... More


Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, Shakespeare: The Problem of the Opus

PARK HONAN

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers the concepts of New Criticism and the New Historicism by looking a novelist, a poet, and a playwright in the light of a few of the ideas of deconstruction. The chapter tries to ... More


Introduction

SWAPAN CHAKRAVORTY

in Society and Politics in the Plays of Thomas Middleton

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182665
eISBN:
9780191673856
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182665.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Surmounting over three centuries of neglect, Middleton is more our contemporary today than any other Jacobean playwright. This book studies society and ... More


The Lightning Flash and the Storm of Progress

Robert S. Lehman

in Impossible Modernism: T. S. Eliot, Walter Benjamin, and the Critique of Historical Reason

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780804799041
eISBN:
9781503600140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804799041.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Impossible Modernism concludes with a short discussion of two figures: the flash of lightning that cuts across the desert scene in the last section of The Waste Land and the “storm of progress” that ... More


Historicism and Theory

ROBERT D. HUME

in Reconstructing Contexts: The Aims and Principles of Archaeo-Historicism

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186328
eISBN:
9780191674518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186328.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter aims to broaden the perspective and inquire into the relationship between historical scholarship and other methods. The first section differentiates method from theory. Method dictates ... More


Fear and Wonder

John Lee

in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Controversies of Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198185048
eISBN:
9780191674433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185048.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

‘Who's there?’ is central to New Historicists' self-definition; who they say they are, what they say they are about, and how they say they are going to carry that out. The question should provide the ... More


Something more than Fantasy

John Lee

in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Controversies of Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198185048
eISBN:
9780191674433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185048.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

New Historicists, given their self-definitions and critical practice, were seen to have many reasons to focus on Hamlet as a key text to substantiate their arguments regarding notions of ... More


The Princes Hamlet

John Lee

in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Controversies of Self

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198185048
eISBN:
9780191674433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185048.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The debate within Hamlet, involving as it does the presentation of competing conceptions of the nature of subjectivity, parallels at many points the controversies of self. One might say that the ... More


Benjamin's Passages: Dreaming, Awakening

Alexander Gelley

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262564
eISBN:
9780823266562
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262564.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In transposing the Freudian dream work from the individual subject to the collective, Walter Benjamin projected a “macroscosmic journey” of the individual sleeper to “the dreaming collective, which, ... More


Raising the Devil: Marlowe’s Dr Faustus

A. D. Nuttall

in The Alternative Trinity: Gnostic Heresy in Marlowe, Milton, and Blake

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184621
eISBN:
9780191674327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184621.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Drama

This chapter looks at a strange tragedy by the Elizabethan Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe's Dr Faustus — the story of the magician who sold his soul to the Devil for knowledge and power — looks at ... More


Alexander Veselovsky’s Historical Poetics vs. Cultural Poetics: Remembering the Future

Victoria Somoff

in Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823264858
eISBN:
9780823266852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264858.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter confronts a paradox in Veselovsky’s theory of the persistence of forms, which appears to exclude the possibility of new forms arising. Juxtaposing Veselovsky’s “uncomfortably extreme view ... More


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