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Canonical Texts of English Literary Criticism With Selections from Classical Poeticians

Kapil Kapoor (Editor) Ranga Kapoor (Editor)
Synopsis Looking upon literary theory as a bridge between literature and philosophy, this selection brings into focus literary theory's major issues and concerns -- reality and its literary representation, the creative, the language of representation, forms of enactment, modes of literary meaning, the epistemic value of literature and the role of 'author' and of 'reader'. In the texts of classical theorists -- Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus -- all these major issues are found conceptualised. Subsequent literary criticism in the West is either explicating these concepts or the Greek masters whose work is the backdrop for classical theories. In the Same tradition, the English literary criticism, evaluates these classical formulations and practices in relation to the developing and increasingly assertive English ('vernacular') literature , remaining rooted in the classical thought , and deriving there from its analytical apparatus. But at the same time it records the assertion of national identity, the liberation of the English mind from the tyranny of classical rules and practices and of the European, particularly French, models. The selected texts have been commented upon to foreground the recurrent issues and assumptions, and the short essays on major theorists and thinkers review their principles and their place in the history of ideas. These selections and their discussions have originated in the class room and therefore have a pedagogic foundation and value.
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About the authors

Kapil Kapoor

Kapil Kapoor (b. 1940) is Professor of English, Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor, Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, from 1997-1999 and Rector of the University from 1999-2002. His teaching and research interests include literary and linguistic theories - both Indian and Western, philosophy of language, nineteenth century British life, literature and thought, and Indian intellectual traditions. He has been lecturing on these themes and has written extensively on them. He has been teaching for almost forty-five years now. Literary Theory - Indian Conceptual Framework (1998); Canonical Texts of Literary Criticism (1995); Language, Literature and Linguistics - The Indian Perspective (1994); and South Asian Love Poetry (1994) and Text and Interpretation in the Indian Tradition (2005)are among his publications.

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Ranga Kapoor

Mrs. Ranga Kapoor is Reader in English, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She has taught English literature for almost thirty five years, particularly Spenser, Milton and Fielding. The Bible, classical thinkers and classical Greek literature are her major research and teaching interests.

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Title Canonical Texts of English Literary Criticism With Selections from Classical Poeticians
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1995
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8171881092
length 318p.