A history of literary criticism and theory : from Plato to by M. A. R. Habib PDF

By M. A. R. Habib

ISBN-10: 0631232001

ISBN-13: 9780631232001

ISBN-10: 1405176083

ISBN-13: 9781405176088

This entire advisor to the heritage of literary feedback from antiquity to the current day offers an authoritative assessment of the most important activities, figures, and texts of literary feedback, in addition to surveying their cultural, ancient, and philosophical contexts.

  • Supplies the cultural, old and philosophical history to the literary feedback of every era
  • Enables scholars to work out the advance of literary feedback in context
  • Organised chronologically, from classical literary feedback via to deconstruction
  • Considers quite a lot of thinkers and occasions from the French Revolution to Freud’s perspectives on civilization
  • Can be used along any anthology of literary feedback or as a coherent stand-alone introduction

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It is this pursuit of a phantom, this honoring of dissemblance, which has led to social corruption whose symptoms include the organization of secret societies, political clubs, and the sophistic teaching of “cajolery” whereby the “arts of the popular assembly and the courtroom” are imparted (365a–e). Adeimantus now offers his crucial observation that no one, in either poetry or prose, has adequately inquired as to what justice is “in itself ” (366e). ” This “poetic” account, according to Socrates, confuses justice with its effects, its material results, the reputation it engenders, and its psychological motivation.

For example, a beautiful object as portrayed by a poet or painter must have its beauty already and completely contained within a pregiven Form or definition of the beautiful. The uniqueness of the poet’s expression of a particular object in a particular setting must be reducible to an exemplary status. It is precisely the uniqueness or particularity which must be foregone or sacrificed in the interests of unifiability. Should the poet attempt to extend or alter the assessment of beauty, this becomes in Plato’s eyes a falsification of the nature or essence of this Form.

All his days” (II, 374a– c). This rigid division of labor is the foundation of the entire analogy between the just individual and the just city. And this is perhaps where we approach the heart of Plato’s overall argument concerning justice and poetry. ” It is also defined as the “principle of doing one’s own business” and “not to be a busybody” (IV, 433a–b). Socrates recognizes here that this “principle” for which he had been seeking had in fact already been laid down as “a universal requirement” in the very origin of a city (as cited above).

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