Defining Literary Criticism

Scholarship, Authority and the Possession of Literary Knowledge, 1880–2002

  • Authors
  • Carol Atherton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Carol Atherton
      Pages 1-8
  3. Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Carol Atherton
      Pages 25-56
  4. Philosophies and Practitioners

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Carol Atherton
      Pages 59-95
  5. Current Debates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Carol Atherton
      Pages 153-179
  6. Conclusion

    1. Carol Atherton
      Pages 181-182
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 183-221

About this book


Outlining the controversies that have surrounded the academic discipline of English Literature since its institutionalization in the late nineteenth century, this important book draws on a range of archival sources. It addresses issues that are central to the identity of academic English - how the subject came into existence, and what makes it a specialist discipline of knowledge - in a manner that illuminates many of the crises that have affected the development of modern English studies. Atherton also addresses contemporary arguments about the teaching of literary criticism, including an examination of the reforms to A-Level literature.


English literature English Studies George Eliot literary criticism Woolf

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