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book history

book history  

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A rather imprecise label used to identify an interdisciplinary field of historical study, whose origins can conveniently be traced to the publication in France of Lucien Febvre and Henri Jean ...
Clifford Geertz

Clifford Geertz  

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(1926–2006)One of the most influential contemporary American anthropologists and a leading proponent of symbolic anthropology—the study of individual cultures as unique and autonomous “systems of ...
cultural materialism

cultural materialism  

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[Th]The theory of cultural causation in which technology, economics, and environment are considered the independent variables.
Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 1  

Immediately and enduringly popular, this rich and assured sequel to the events dramatized in Richard II (1595) was probably composed and first acted in 1596: the changes to certain characters' ...
hermeneutics

hermeneutics  

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Religion
The branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.
historicism

historicism  

[Th]A general and increasingly ambiguous term meaning a number of different things to different people. At its heart, however, is the idea that a society and its culture exist mainly in their dynamic ...
Marxist criticism

Marxist criticism  

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A form of cultural criticism that applies Marxist theory to the interpretation of cultural texts. Since neither Karl Marx nor his collaborator Friedrich Engels ever developed a specific form of ...
Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault  

(1929–1984)French philosopher and historian of ideas, best known for his work on the history of western attitudes to the insane, criminals, and sexual deviants.Foucault was educated at the École ...
New Criticism

New Criticism  

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An important movement in American literary criticism during 1935–60, characterized by close attention to the verbal nuances of lyric poems, considered as self‐sufficient objects detached from their ...
Norton Shakespeare

Norton Shakespeare  

The well-illustrated Norton one-volume Shakespeare, general editor Stephen Greenblatt, appeared in 1997 (2nd edition, 2008) to challenge other student editions designed mainly for the American ...
postcolonial literature

postcolonial literature  

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A category devised to replace and expand upon what was once in Britain called Commonwealth Literature. As a label, it thus covers a very wide range of writings from countries that were once colonies ...
Raymond Williams

Raymond Williams  

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(1921–88)Welsh Marxistliterary and cultural critic who, through the elaboration of what he called Cultural Materialism had an enormous influence on Cultural Studies and New Historicism.Williams was ...
Sir Frank Kermode

Sir Frank Kermode  

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(1919–2010),literary critic, born in Douglas, Isle of Man, studied at the University of Liverpool. He held academic posts at the universities of Newcastle, Reading, Manchester, Bristol, London, and ...
Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt  

(1943–)Americanliterary critic, specialist in Shakespeare and Renaissance studies, and one of the founders of New Historicism. Born in Boston and educated at Yale and Cambridge, where he worked with ...
textuality

textuality  

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1. (texture) (literary theory) A formalist concept in New Criticism referring to the unique particularity of the expressive verbal surface features in a work (such as imagery and connotations), as ...

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