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Practicing New Historicism

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For almost twenty years, new historicism has been a highly controversial and influential force in literary and cultural studies. In Practicing the New Historicism, two of its most distinguished practitioners reflect on its surprisingly disparate sources and far-reaching effects.

In lucid and jargon-free prose, Catherine Gallagher and Stephen Greenblatt focus on five central
Paperback, 260 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by University Of Chicago Press (first published June 15th 2000)
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May 12, 2013 Scott rated it really liked it
The introduction and first two chapters are stunningly good.
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Rather succinct, accessible & seemingly exhaustive, it is a very interesting introduction to the field that I would recommend to anybody interested in Literary Criticism, even if, like me, you didn't agree with all the founding principles of their doctrine, which are well described, at length, in the introduction and the first chapter. The main precepts are, if I understood correctly :

-Literary works are not to be treated as autonomous objects but constitute a network subjected to social, cu
Sep 12, 2007 Dina rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this most of all for its approachability; Thank goodness finally a "theory" I can actually read! A lot of the principles explored in this book are what I typically feel I practice when I am reading and interpreting text, and it was nice to find something I could be in tune with. All in all though (and I am going to use an analogy I used in class), New Historicism, like the country in which the authors were born and raised, is young, and has a little growing up to do yet.
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