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The Milton Controversy: 1900–1970

John Leonard

in Faithful Labourers: A Reception History of Paradise Lost, 1667-1970: Volume I: Style and Genre; Volume II: Interpretative Issues

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666553
eISBN:
9780191748967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666553.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter examines the twentieth-century attempt to ‘dislodge’ Milton. Leavis deplored Milton’s verse for its alleged ‘monotony’ and ‘ritual’, while Eliot complained that the poem had to be read ... More


Scrutinizing the Present Phase of Human History

Stefan Collini

in The Nostalgic Imagination: History in English Criticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198800170
eISBN:
9780191839986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198800170.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter examines the range of F. R. Leavis’s historical thinking, from the early work of his Ph.D. through to his post-1945 dealings with the nineteenth century. The chapter argues that, rather ... More


‘Say not the Struggle Naught Availeth … ‘: Scrutiny (1932–53)

Sean Matthews

in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Volume I: Britain and Ireland 1880-1955

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199654291
eISBN:
9780191803635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199654291.003.0046
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses the history of the literary magazine Scrunity: A Quarterly Review first published in Cambridge on 15 May 1932. Scrutiny was concerned with the systematic articulation and ... More


Americanizing Britain: The Rise of Modernism in the Age of the Entertainment Empire

Genevieve Abravanel

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199754458
eISBN:
9780199933143
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754458.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, World Literature

At the beginning of the twentieth century, many in Britain believed their nation to be a dominant world power that its former colony, the United States, could only hope to emulate. Yet by the ... More


epilogue: A Memory for Modernism, the New Critical Constructions, and This Awful Truth of Pseudotruth

Vincent Sherry

in The Great War and the Language of Modernism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195178180
eISBN:
9780199788002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178180.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The Epilogue follows the book's account of the ways in which English literary modernism was formed in response to the Great War, by showing how various movements in the history of literary criticism ... More


Institutionalising English Criticism: Men of Letters, Modernism, Tradition and Theory

Gary Day

in Literary Criticism: A New History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748615636
eISBN:
9780748652099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615636.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that an English degree is closely tied to market and management philosophies. The continuity between the concepts of criticism and capitalist economics re-established that ... More


Beyond Deconstruction: The Uses and Abuses of Literary Theory

Howard Felperin

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128960
eISBN:
9780191671746
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128960.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The past two decades have seen swift and radical change in the way literature is perceived and taught in this country and abroad, as numerous new schools of theory have blossomed, particularly at ... More


The History of ‘the Reading Public’

Stefan Collini

in The Nostalgic Imagination: History in English Criticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198800170
eISBN:
9780191839986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198800170.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter argues that accounts of ‘the reading public’ are always fundamentally historical, usually involving stories of ‘growth’ or ‘decline’. It examines Q. D. Leavis’s Fiction and the Reading ... More


Literary Criticism's Failure

Simon During

in Against Democracy: Literary Experience in the Era of Emancipations

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823242542
eISBN:
9780823242580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242542.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter gives an account of the antidemocratic and anticapitalist origins of modern literary criticism. It focuses on T.S. Eliot, I.A. Richards and F.R. Leavis arguing that modern techniques of ... More


. Close Reading: Marshall McLuhan, from Modernism to Media Studies

Jessica Pressman

in Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199937080
eISBN:
9780199352623
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937080.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter introduces the father of media studies, Marshall McLuhan, as a modernist New Critic and argues for the understanding of how close reading serves his foundational writing. McLuhan studied ... More


Leavisism Revisited

Howard Felperin

in Beyond Deconstruction: The Uses and Abuses of Literary Theory

Published in print:
1986
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128960
eISBN:
9780191671746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128960.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Theory will turn out to be only another practice, from which there can be no escape or transcendence. Ironically, it was F. R. Leavis himself who recognized this back in the 1930s when he refused, ... More


Critics (I): William Empson and F. R. Leavis

Stefan Collini

in Common Writing: Essays on Literary Culture and Public Debate

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198758969
eISBN:
9780191818776
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758969.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Empson and Leavis were perhaps the two most influential academic literary critics in Britain between the 1930s and the 1960s. Close criticism of the verbal texture of literary works enjoyed ... More


Empathy and Interdisciplinarity

Anne Whitehead

in Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: An Intervention in Medical Humanities

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780748686186
eISBN:
9781474438728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686186.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter asks how, in the context of the medical humanities, we might productively think across disciplinary domains and boundaries. It draws on Ian McEwan’s Saturday as a focus for positioning ... More


Besieged

Deirdre David

in Pamela Hansford Johnson: A Writing Life

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198729617
eISBN:
9780191843280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198729617.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Women's Literature

In 1959, Snow delivered his famous lecture ‘Two Cultures’ in which he called for a civilized conversation between the sciences and the humanities. In response to Snow’s lecture, the well-known ... More


Standards of Criticism: The Calendar of Modern Letters (1925–7)

John Lucas

in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Volume I: Britain and Ireland 1880-1955

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199654291
eISBN:
9780191803635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199654291.003.0023
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses the history of the The Calendar of Modern Letters (1925–7). The journal is known for its combativeness as an organ of informed criticism. Its regular ‘Scrutinies’, in which ... More


Truth

Maximilian de Gaynesford

in The Rift in The Lute: Attuning Poetry and Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198797265
eISBN:
9780191838767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198797265.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Criticism/Theory

What makes reconciliation between poetry and the speech act approach in analytic philosophy desirable is the fact that philosophy has tended to adopt a truth-orientated approach to poetic utterances. ... More


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