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A term applied to a trend in American academic literary studies in the 1980s that emphasized the historical nature of literary texts and at the same time (in contradistinction from ‘old’ ...

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An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2013

... Historicism A term coined by the American critic Stephen Greenblatt to describe a form of academic criticism which emphasizes the study of literature within a historical and social context. A significant text is Greenblatt’s Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare ( 1980...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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2010

...rests on the idea that history itself comprises performances, representations, and symbolic exchanges. New Historicism draws on the work of Michel Foucault , particularly his late work on power and subjectivity , as well as Clifford Geertz , especially his concept of ‘thick description’. Further Reading: J. Brannigan New Historicism and Cultural Materialism (1998). C. Colebrook New Literary Histories (1997). A. Veeser (ed.) The New Historicism ...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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2018

...rests on the idea that history itself comprises performances, representations, and symbolic exchanges. New Historicism draws on the work of Michel Foucault , particularly his late work on power and subjectivity , as well as Clifford Geertz , especially his concept of ‘thick description’. Further Reading: J. Brannigan New Historicism and Cultural Materialism (1998). C. Colebrook New Literary Histories (1997). A. Veeser (ed.) The New Historicism ...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

... Historicism . The term was coined by Stephen Greenblatt to describe a development in American literary scholarship and criticism which sought to combine the acquisitions of contemporary theory with a return to a historical perspective felt to have been too long and too carelessly abandoned by the New Criticism and its descendants. Walter Benjamin is a (remote) predecessor, and Michel Foucault is a powerful influence. The most distinguished early work in New Historicism, characteristically mingling close reading with an attention to historical details...

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C. Warley

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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1,343 words

...New Historicism saw the poem as an example of the operation of hist.—of a particular society’s ability to do what it could not otherwise say (Adorno). New Historicism often retained the minute attention to detail associated with New Criticism. What changed was the ultimate point of that attention. As Montrose argued, New Historicism focused on both the “historicity of texts” and the “textuality of history.” Hist. itself became the object of close reading , and New Historicism began to read closely everything from Edmund Spenser ’s participation in Eng....

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Hugh Grady

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

...’s texts. In its most characteristic forms in Shakespeare studies, the new historicism has drawn on elements of Marxism , the social theory of Michel Foucault , the anthropological theory and methods of Clifford Geertz , and a wide array of contemporary social theorists. It has taken as a particular polemical opponent previous ‘aestheticist’ approaches to literature epitomized for new historicists by New Critics and Northrop Frye . Perhaps the earliest identifiable new historical work was Stephen Orgel ’s The Illusion of Power: Political Theater...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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2015

... historicism A term applied to a trend in American academic literary studies in the 1980s that emphasized the historical nature of literary texts and at the same time (in contrast with older historicisms ) the ‘textual’ nature of history. As part of a wider reaction against purely formal or linguistic critical approaches such as the New Criticism and deconstruction , the new historicists, led by Stephen Greenblatt , drew new connections between literary and non-literary texts, breaking down the familiar distinctions between a text and its historical...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
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360 words

... Historicism A term applied to a trend in American academic literary studies in the 1980s that emphasized the historical nature of literary texts and at the same time (in contradistinction from ‘old’ historicisms) the ‘textual’ nature of history. As part of a wider reaction against purely formal or linguistic critical approaches such as the New Criticism and deconstruction , the New Historicists, led by Stephen Greenblatt ( 1943–  ), drew new connections between literary and non‐literary texts, breaking down the familiar distinctions between a text and...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Literature
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205 words

...contradicted those in power. By consulting many voices, perspectives, and methodologies, they give readers the tools to create richer and more complete readings. New historicism is an important tool for recouping lost voices and detecting the many ways in which individuals traditionally relegated to the margins of history have managed to leave an indelible mark on literature. Prominent new historicism advocates include Michel Foucault , Bonnie S. Anderson, Judith P. Zinsser, and Wayne C. Booth...

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Hens-Piazza Gina

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation

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Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Religion
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4,793 words

... New Historicism Some have observed that there is something inherently odd if not outright contradictory about the label “New Historicism.” The word “history” conjures up images of what is old, what has come before now, what is past. The concept of “new,” on the other hand signals the novel, what is to come, what we can expect in the future. To complicate matters further, New Historicism arose among a group of literary critics who claimed to be committed to making a difference in the present. So what is the New Historicism? (See Hens-Piazza 2002 ,...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
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293 words

... Historicism A term applied to a trend in American academic literary studies in the 1980s that emphasized the historical nature of literary texts and at the same time (in contradistinction from ‘old’ historicisms) the ‘textual’ nature of history. As part of a wider reaction against purely formal or linguistic critical approaches such as the New Criticism and deconstruction , the New Historicists, led by Stephen Greenblatt ( 1943–  ), drew new connections between literary and non‐literary texts, breaking down the familiar distinctions between a text and...

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A term applied to a trend in American academic literary studies in the 1980s that emphasized the historical nature of literary texts and at the same time (in contradistinction from ‘old’ ...
Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales

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The Oxford Companion to Australian History

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
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92 words

... Houses Trust of New South Wales was established by the NSW state government in 1980 under their Historic Houses Act to manage two government-owned properties, Elizabeth Bay House and Vaucluse House, as house-museums. Other properties, including Hyde Park Barracks and Elizabeth Farm, were later transferred to the trust; as with National Trust properties, these are open to the public. Committed to promoting the properties' cultural and educational potential for the benefit of the public, the Historic Houses Trust is concerned with researching their...

New Zealand Historic Places Trust

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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10 words
Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales

Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales  

Was established by the NSW state government in 1980 under their Historic Houses Act to manage two government-owned properties, Elizabeth Bay House and Vaucluse House, as house-museums. Other ...
History

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,067 words
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Oxford University Press

...invention of what we now commonly refer to as ‘the historical situation’. Arendt, H. , On Revolution , New York, 1963; Chandler, J. , England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism , Chicago, 1996; Collingwood, R. G. , The Idea of History , Oxford, 1946; Culler, A. D. , The Victorian Mirror of History , New Haven, Conn., 1985; Foucault, M. , The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences , New York, 1970; Gearhart, S. , The Open Boundary Between History and Fiction: A Critical Approach to the...

Britain and America: A Common Heritage

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George Redmonds

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
5,879 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...we are in a position to suggest what its meaning or etymology might be. These topics are dealt with at length in George Redmonds , Surnames and Genealogy: A New Approach , published originally in Boston in 1997 by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and then reprinted in England in 2002 by the Federation of Family History Societies. http://www.NewEnglandAncestors.org New England Historic Genealogical Society (subscription). http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/genealogy/index.html Allen County Public Library, cooperating partner with the Family History...

Welsh Local and Family History

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D. Huw Owen

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
6,425 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...for the periods 1846–1900 ( 1964 ), 1901–60 ( 1976 ), and 1961–80 ( 2004 ). Each one of the historic counties of Wales has a county history society, of which the earliest series is the Montgomeryshire Collections , the journal of the Powysland Club, published since 1868 . Other local historical journals established in the 19th century and containing material of Welsh interest include the Journal of the Chester and North Wales Archaeological and Historic Society ( 1849 ), the Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club ( 1851 ), the Report...

Prose

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
4,185 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...new kinds of *poetry [29] —those like Thomas Love *Peacock who instead saw prose in the ascendant around 1800 have been minority voices at most. Yet the new prose media—from the proliferating rhetorics of journalism, reviews, and political pamphlets to the emergent disciplinary languages of modern knowledge—were becoming powerful stimulants of social visions and cultural classifications as well as apologies for poetry in the age of *Romanticism and revolution. By the early nineteenth century, British writers began describing a historic...

Enlightenment

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
7,794 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...developed its own momentum and an entirely secular rationale. It would prove to be the longest surviving thread of the Enlightenment and would eventually give a new impetus to reform. Meantime in the 1790s utilitarian-style arguments had been used by a whole phalanx of conservative thinkers from Burke to William *Paley in order to expose some of the limitations of blending belief in historic contract, enlightened natural man, and natural rights. The English Enlightenment was thus not simply repressed, it was also seriously damaged by the intellectual...

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