Conditions for Criticism: Authority, Knowledge, and Literature in the Late Nineteenth Century

Hardcover | October 1, 1995

byIan Small

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Conditions for Criticism studies changes in the practice of literary criticism in the nineteenth century and locates those changes within wider movements in British intellectual culture. The growth of knowledge and its subsequent institutionalization in universities produced new forms ofintellectual authority. This book examines these processes in a wide variety of disciplines, including economics, historiography, sociology, psychology, and philosophical aesthetics, and explores their impact upon literary criticism. Its thesis is that the work of late nineteenth-century writerssuch as Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde can be best understood in terms of their engagement with, and reaction to, these general intellectual changes, a view which in its turn reveals the seriousness of their work.

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Conditions for Criticism studies changes in the practice of literary criticism in the nineteenth century and locates those changes within wider movements in British intellectual culture. The growth of knowledge and its subsequent institutionalization in universities produced new forms ofintellectual authority. This book examines these ...

Ian Small is at University of Birmingham.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:166 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198122411

ISBN - 13:9780198122418

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'Conditions for Criticism is a refreshing and enlightening work of literary and intellectual history which sets at least two of the leading Aesthetes in their proper context and thus advances considerably our understanding of their writings, in an argument conducted with compelling lucidity.'Chris Baldick, Goldsmiths' College, London, Review of English Studies, Vol. 44, No. 176, Nov '93