First published in 1957, Literary Criticism: A Short History traces our aesthetic heritage from its classical origins up to the contemporary state of criticism in the English-speaking world.
Divided into four volumes, each book adopts a fair and objective position in the presentation of various critical positions, and each critical theory is considered not only in competition with other critical theories, but also in vital dialectic with the creative literature of its own time.
Volume Three focuses on Romantic criticism and covers poetic diction, German ideas, imagination, rhapsodic didacticism, the Arnoldian prophecy, art as propaganda, art for art’s sake, expressionism, and the Historical Method.
Table of Contents
Vol 3: Romantic Criticism; 16: Poetic Diction: Wordsworth and Coleridge; 17: German Ideas; 18: Imagination: Wordsworth and Coleridge; 19: Peacock vs. Shelley: Rhapsodic Didacticism; 20: The Arnoldian Prophecy; 21: The Real and the Social: Art as Propaganda; 22: Art for Art's Sake; 23: Expressionism: Benedetto Croce; 24: The Historical Method: A Retrospect; Index
William K. Wimsatt, Jr. and Cleanth Brooks