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The Function of Criticism at the Present Time

Author : Matthew Arnold
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Arnold believes that the ultimate function of humankind lies in exercising its creative powers. He delineates the function of criticism in this work saying that it filters the contents that will reach society. That a critic can judge the greatness of a literary piece has been asserted.

The Function of Criticism at the Present Time

Author : Northrop Frye
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The Function of Criticism at the Present Time

Author : Matthew Arnold
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It is undeniable that the exercise of a creative power, that a free creative activity, is the true function of man; it is proved to be so by man's finding in it his true happiness. But it is un- deniable, also, that men may have the sense of exercising this free creative activity in other ways than in producing great works of literature or art; if it were not so, all but a very few men would be shut out from the true happiness of all men.

The Function of Criticism at the Present Time reprinted from Essays in Criticism and An Essay on Style by Walter Pater reprinted from Appreciations

Author : Matthew Arnold
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The Function of Criticism at the Present Time

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Essays in Criticism

Author : Matthew Arnold
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Lectures and Essays in Criticism

Author : Matthew Arnold
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The basis of Arnold's high reputation as literary critic

Essays in criticism

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The Function of Cynicism at the Present Time

Author : Helen Small
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Cynicism is usually seen as a provocative mode of dissent from conventional moral thought, casting doubt on the motives that guide right conduct. When critics today complain that it is ubiquitous but lacks the serious bite of classical Cynicism, they express concern that it can now only be corrosively negative. The Function of Cynicism at the Present Time takes a more balanced view. Re-evaluating the role of cynicism in literature, cultural criticism, and philosophy from 1840 to the present, it treats cynic confrontationalism as a widely-employed credibility-check on the promotion of moral ideals—with roots in human psychology. Helen Small investigates how writers have engaged with Cynic traditions of thought, and later more gestural styles of cynicism, to re-calibrate dominant moral values, judgements of taste, and political agreements. The argument develops through a series of cynic challenges to accepted moral thinking: Friedrich Nietzsche on morality; Thomas Carlyle v. J. S. Mill on the permissible limits of moral provocation; Arnold on the freedom of criticism; George Eliot and Ford Madox Ford on cosmopolitanism; Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, and Laura Kipnis on the conditions of work in the university. The Function of Cynicism treats topics of present-day public concern: abrasive styles of public argument; debasing challenges to conventional morality; free speech, moral controversialism; the authority of reason and the limits of that authority; nationalism and resistance to nationalism; and liberty of expression as a core principle of the university.

Arnold Culture and Anarchy and Other Writings

Author : Arnold Matthew
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This edition establishes the authoritative text of Culture and Anarchy alongside Arnold's three most important essays on political subjects.

Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold

Author : Matthew Arnold
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Cannibalism and the Colonial World

Author : FRANCIS DUNCAN BARKER
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In this 1998 book, an international team from a variety of disciplines discusses the historical and cultural significance of cannibalism.

Oscar Wilde

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A short, readable introduction to Oscar Wilde's life, work and afterlife.

Blake s Agitation

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Blake’s Agitation is a thorough and engaging reflection on the dynamic, forward-moving, and active nature of critical thought. Steven Goldsmith investigates the modern notion that there’s a fiery feeling in critical thought, a form of emotion that gives authentic criticism the potential to go beyond interpreting the world. By arousing this critical excitement in readers and practitioners, theoretical writing has the power to alter the course of history, even when the only evidence of its impact is the emotion it arouses. Goldsmith identifies William Blake as a paradigmatic example of a socially critical writer who is moved by enthusiasm and whose work, in turn, inspires enthusiasm in his readers. He traces the particular feeling of engaged, dynamic urgency that characterizes criticism as a mode of action in Blake’s own work, in Blake scholarship, and in recent theoretical writings that identify the heightened affect of critical thought with the potential for genuine historical change. Within each of these horizons, the critical thinker’s enthusiasm serves to substantiate his or her agency in the world, supplying immediate, embodied evidence that criticism is not one thought-form among many but an action of consequence, accessing or even enabling the conditions of new possibility necessary for historical transformation to occur. The resulting picture of the emotional agency of criticism opens up a new angle on Blake’s literary and visual legacy and offers a vivid interrogation of the practical potential of theoretical discourse.

Educated Imagination and Other Writings on Critical Theory 1933 1962

Author : Northrop Frye
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In 1933, Northrop Frye was a recent university graduate, beginning to learn his craft as a literary essayist. By 1963, with the publication of The Educated Imagination, he had become an international academic celebrity. In the intervening three decades, Frye wrote widely and prodigiously, but it is in the papers and lectures collected in this installment of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye, that the genesis of a distinguished literary critic can be seen. Here is Frye tracing the first outlines of a literary cosmology that would culminate in The Anatomy of Criticism (1958) and shapeThe Great Code (1982) and Words with Power (1990). At the same time that Frye garnered such international acclaim, he was also a working university teacher, lecturing in the University of Toronto's English Language and Literature program. In her lively introduction, Germaine Warkentin links Frye's evolution as a critic with his love of music, his passionate concern for his students, and his growing professional ambition. The writings included in this volume show how Frye integrated ideas into the work that would consolidate the fame that Fearful Symmetry (1947) had first established.

Essays in Criticism

Author : Macmillan
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Canonical Texts Of English Literary Criticism With Selections From Classical Poeticians

Author : Rangoon Kapoor
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Criticism Society

Author : Imre Salusinszky
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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Chronicler of Barsetshire

Author : R. H. Super
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A thorough portrayal of the events of Trollope's long and productive life

John Keats

Author : Albert Elmer Hancock
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