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2nd Edition

By Paul Hamilton


224 pages

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Historicism is the essential introduction to the field, providing its readers with the necessary knowledge, background and vocabulary to apply it in their own studies. Paul Hamilton's compact and comprehensive guide:

* explains the theory and basics of historicism

* presents a history of the term and its uses

* introduces the reader to the key thinkers in the field, from ancient Greece to modern times

* considers historicism in contemporary debates and its relevance to other modes of criticism, such as feminism and post-colonialism

* contains an extensive bibliography of further reading.


'The book itself is open to possibility, and it opens its readers to the possibility - indeed to the probability - that they will produce a ciriticism that is thinking, vital, vigorous, committed, located.'es in Literary Criticism Studi

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory