Classical Literary Criticism

Author: N.A
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141913401
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
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The works collected in this volume have profoundly shaped the history of criticism in the Western world: they created much of the terminology still in use today and formulated enduring questions about the nature and function of literature. In Ion, Plato examines the god-like power of poets to evoke feelings such as pleasure or fear, yet he went on to attack this manipulation of emotions and banished poets from his ideal Republic. Aristotle defends the value of art in his Poetics, and his analysis of tragedy has influenced generations of critics from the Renaissance onwards. In the Art of Poetry, Horace promotes a style of poetic craftsmanship rooted in wisdom, ethical insight and decorum, while Longinus' On the Sublime explores the nature of inspiration in poetry and prose.

Plato on Poetry

Ion; Republic 376e-398b9; Republic 595-608b10
Author: Plato,Penelope Murray
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521349819
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 250
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This is a commentary on selected texts of Plato concerned with poetry: the Ion and relevant sections of the Republic. It is the first commentary to present these texts together in one volume, and the first in English on Republic 2 and 3 and Ion for nearly 100 years. The introduction sets Plato's views in their Greek context and outlines their influence on later aesthetic thought. An important feature of the commentary is its exploration of the ambivalence of Plato's pronouncements through an analysis of his own skill as a writer.

Classical Literary Criticism

Author: Donald Andrew Russell,Michael Winterbottom
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192839008
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 251
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European literary criticism was pioneered in the ancient world, and this edition provides the principal Greek and Latin texts in translation, giving the reader a fair and intelligible view of ancient literary criticism and its development. Each passage is supplemented by a brief contextual introduction and a lucid general introduction provides an overview of classical thought on tragedy, comedy, poetry, and epic, as well as of the ideas of mimesis, the moral effect of poetry, emotion, and rhetoric.

Plato and the Poets

Author: Pierre Destrée,Fritz-Gregor Herrmann
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004201297
Category: Philosophy
Page: 434
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The nineteen essays presented here aim to illuminate the ways poetry and the poets are discussed by Plato throughout his writing career. As well as throwing new light on old topics, such as mimesis and poetic inspiration, the volume introduces fresh approaches to Plato’s philosophy of poetry and literature.

The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 1, Classical Criticism

Author: George A. Kennedy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521317177
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 400
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Surveying the beginnings of critical consciousness in Greece and proceeding to the writings of Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, and Hellenistic and Roman authors, this volume is not only for classicists but for those with no Greek or Latin who are interested in the origins of literary history, theory, and criticism.

Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present

An Introduction
Author: M. A. R. Habib
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444351567
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 312
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Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present provides a concise and authoritative overview of the development of Western literary criticism and theory from the Classical period to the present day An indispensable and intellectually stimulating introduction to the history of literary criticism and theory Introduces the major movements, figures, and texts of literary criticism Provides historical context and shows the interconnections between various theories An ideal text for all students of literature and criticism

Plato and the Traditions of Ancient Literature

The Silent Stream
Author: Richard Hunter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107012929
Category: History
Page: 279
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Plato is one of the central figures of the Greek literary heritage. This book explores that heritage in antiquity.

A History of Literary Criticism

From Plato to the Present
Author: M. A. R. Habib
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405148845
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 848
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This comprehensive guide to the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present day provides an authoritative overview of the major movements, figures, and texts of literary criticism, as well as surveying their cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts. Supplies the cultural, historical and philosophical background to the literary criticism of each era Enables students to see the development of literary criticism in context Organised chronologically, from classical literary criticism through to deconstruction Considers a wide range of thinkers and events from the French Revolution to Freud’s views on civilization Can be used alongside any anthology of literary criticism or as a coherent stand-alone introduction

The Art of Plato

Ten Essays in Platonic Interpretation
Author: R. B. Rutherford
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674048119
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 335
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The enduring fascination of Plato's dialogues rests not only on the dazzling range of his arguments and opinions, but also on the extraordinary richness of his literary style. The great Greek philosopher captures the imagination and stimulates the curiosity of his readers through his expert use of the techniques devised by the rhetoricians and the poets of his time: Plato, the critic of art and poetry, shows himself a consummate artist. This book is not a study of Plato's philosophy, but a contribution to the literary interpretation of the dialogues, through analysis of their formal structure, characterization, language, and imagery. Among the dialogues considered in these interrelated essays are some of Plato's most admired and influential works, including Gorgias, the Symposium, the Republic and Phaedrus. Special attention is paid to the personality of Socrates, Plato's remarkable mentor, and to his interaction with the other characters in the dialogues. The author also discusses particular problems such as the sources for our knowledge of Socrates, the origins of the dialogue form, Plato's use of myth, and the "totalitarianism" of the Republic.This combination of sympathetic literary criticism and exact historical scholarship makes The Art of Plato a valuable contribution to the study of one of the greatest of all Greek writers.

Literary Criticism in Antiquity

Author: J. W. H. Atkins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107434637
Category: History
Page: 212
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Originally published in 1934, this book contains the first volume of Atkins' 'sketch' of the development of ancient literary criticism. Atkins begins his history with a look at the styles of literary criticism prevalent in ancient Greece, and includes the responses of figures such as Aristophanes, Plato and Callimachus to changes in the literature of their day. This work is aimed primarily at those with little to no classical background, and will be of value to anyone with an interest in literary criticism.

Unity in Greek Poetics

Author: Malcolm Heath
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Category: Science
Page: 184
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The belief that a text is, or ought to be, a unity often plays a crucial role in literary interpretation and evaluation; but critics of classical literature do not seem sufficiently alert to the possibility that their criteria may be different from those which underlay the composition and reception of literary texts in the ancient world. The aim of this book is to reconstruct ancient Greek assumptions about literary unity. It discusses some literary examples, but its main concern iswith ancient secondary texts - literary theory and criticism - undertaking a systematic survey from Plato and Aristotle down to the later Neoplatonists. There is also a brief review of the post-classical history of the concept of literary unity.

Literary Criticism from Plato to Postmodernism

The Humanistic Alternative
Author: James Seaton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107026105
Category: History
Page: 236
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This book offers a history of literary criticism from Plato to the present, arguing that this history can best be seen as a dialogue among three traditions - the Platonic, Neoplatonic, and the humanistic, originated by Aristotle. There are many histories of literary criticism, but this is the first to clarify our understanding of the many seemingly incommensurable approaches employed over the centuries by reference to the three traditions. Making its case by careful analyses of individual critics, the book argues for the relevance of the humanistic tradition in the twenty-first century and beyond.

Landscape and the Spaces of Metaphor in Ancient Literary Theory and Criticism

Author: Nancy Worman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521769558
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 325
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This study explores a previously uncharted area of ancient literary theory and criticism: the ancient landscapes (such as the Ilissus river in Athens and Mount Helicon) that generate metaphors for distinguishing styles, which dovetail with ancient conceptions of metaphor as itself spatial and mobile. Ancient writers most often coordinate stylistic features with country settings, where authoritative performers such as Muses, poets, and eventually critics or theorists view, appropriate, and emulate their bounties (for example springs, flowers, rivers, paths). These spaces of metaphor and their elaborations provide poets and critics with a vivid means of distinguishing among styles and an influential vocabulary. Together these figurative terrains shape critical and theoretical discussions in Greece and beyond. Since this discourse has a remarkably wide reach, the book is broad in scope, ranging from archaic Greek poetry through Roman oratory and 'Longinus' to the reception of critical imagery in Proust and Derrida.

The Origins of Criticism

Literary Culture and Poetic Theory in Classical Greece
Author: Andrew Ford
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400825067
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 376
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By "literary criticism" we usually mean a self-conscious act involving the technical and aesthetic appraisal, by individuals, of autonomous works of art. Aristotle and Plato come to mind. The word "social" does not. Yet, as this book shows, it should--if, that is, we wish to understand where literary criticism as we think of it today came from. Andrew Ford offers a new understanding of the development of criticism, demonstrating that its roots stretch back long before the sophists to public commentary on the performance of songs and poems in the preliterary era of ancient Greece. He pinpoints when and how, later in the Greek tradition than is usually assumed, poetry was studied as a discipline with its own principles and methods. The Origins of Criticism complements the usual, history-of-ideas approach to the topic precisely by treating criticism as a social as well as a theoretical activity. With unprecedented and penetrating detail, Ford considers varying scholarly interpretations of the key texts discussed. Examining Greek discussions of poetry from the late sixth century B.C. through the rise of poetics in the late fourth, he asks when we first can recognize anything like the modern notions of literature as imaginative writing and of literary criticism as a special knowledge of such writing. Serving as a monumental preface to Aristotle's Poetics, this book allows readers to discern the emergence, within the manifold activities that might be called criticism, of the historically specific discourse on poetry that has shaped subsequent Western approaches to literature.

Genres in Dialogue

Plato and the Construct of Philosophy
Author: Andrea Wilson Nightingale
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521774338
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 222
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This 1995 book takes as its starting point Plato's incorporation of specific genres of poetry and rhetoric into his dialogues. The author argues that Plato's 'dialogues' with traditional genres are part and parcel of his effort to define 'philosophy'. Before Plato, 'philosophy' designated 'intellectual cultivation' in the broadest sense. When Plato appropriated the term for his own intellectual project, he created a new and specialised discipline. In order to define and legitimise 'philosophy', Plato had to match it against genres of discourse that had authority and currency in democratic Athens. By incorporating the text or discourse of another genre, Plato 'defines' his new brand of wisdom in opposition to traditional modes of thinking and speaking. By targeting individual genres of discourse Plato marks the boundaries of 'philosophy' as a discursive and as a social practice.

Callimachus in Context

From Plato to the Augustan Poets
Author: Benjamin Acosta-Hughes,Susan A. Stephens
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107008573
Category: History
Page: 328
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New, provocative treatment of the Alexandrian poet Callimachus and his reception, approaching his work from four varied yet complementary angles.

Studies in Interpretation

Author: Esther M. Doyle,Virginia Hastings Floyd,Virginia Floyd
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789062030705
Category: Oral interpretation
Page: 362
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Author: Aristoteles,Heinrich Knebel
Publisher: N.A
Page: 207
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