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The Function of Criticism: From the Spectator to Post-Structuralism

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This wide-ranging book argues that criticism emerged in early bourgeois society as a central feature of a "public sphere" in which political, ethical, and literary judgements could mingle under the benign rule of reason. The disintegration of this fragile culture brought on a crisis in criticism, whose history since the 18th century has been fraught with ambivalence and anxiety. Eagleton's account embraces Addison and Steele, Johnson and the 19-century reviewers, such critics as Arnold and Stephen, the heyday of "Scrutiny" ...

The Function of Criticism: From the Spectator to Post-Structuralism 1996, Verso

ISBN-13: 9781859841518

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Function of Criticism: From the "Spectator" to Post-structuralism 1987, Verso Books, London

ISBN-13: 9780860910916

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The Function of Criticism: From the Spectator to Post-Structuralism 1985, Verso, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780860917991

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