Modern Literary Criticism And Theory: A History is a scholarly and comprehensive study of modern criticism and theory of literature.
Summary Of The Book
Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History gives a brief overview of the literary tendencies and cultural and literary criticism from the early 20th century to the present. One of the most comprehensive studies of modern criticism and theory, it provides a detailed historical survey of the different theories of literary criticism developed in the 20th century. The book also gives a study of the literary greats associated with each theory and movement.
The author has, unlike most other texts, also provided a study and analysis of some of the important and commonly taught texts of every period. The book includes an Introduction and 8 chapters. The Introduction covers the Formative Moments in the History of Literary Criticism, Historical backgrounds of Modern Criticism and Theory, and The Scope of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism.
The first chapter, The First Decades: From Liberal Humanism to Formalism, covers the New Humanists, Neo-Romantics and Precursors of Formalism, New Criticism, Modernism and Modernists like Yeats, Pound and Eliot. The chapter also covers Formalism, Russian Formalism, and Formalists like Boris Eichenbaum, Mikhail M. Bakhtin and Roman Jakobson.
The second chapter, Socially Conscious Criticism of the Early 20th Century, deals with Marxism and Left Wing Criticism, Socialist Criticism in Britain and Feminist Criticism.
Criticism and Theory After the Second World covers Edmund Husserl and Phenomenology, Martin Heidegger and Existentialism, Georges Bataille and Heterology, and Structuralism. The fourth chapter, The Era of Post Structuralism I deals with Later Marxist Criticism, Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalysts like Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, and Deconstruction.
The fifth chapter, The Era of Post Structuralism II, deals with Post Modernism, Modern Feminism, including French, American, and British Feminism and Gender Studies. Chapter 6 is The Later Twentieth Century: New Historicism, Reader-Response Theory, and Postcolonial Criticism. Chapter 7 is Cultural Studies and Film Theory, and chapter 8, Contemporary Directions: The Return of the Public Intellectual covers New Liberalism, New Aestheticism and The New Theorists of Revolution.
This detailed study of each period, its trends, tendencies, theories and criticism, make Modern Literary Criticism And Theory: A History very useful for students of literature, as well as for the teachers.
About M. A. R. Habib
M. A. R. Habib is a scholar of literary criticism and philosophy, and a professor.
Some of his other books are A History Of Literary Criticism: From Plato To The Present, Literary Criticism: An Introduction: From Plato To The Present, The Early T. S. Eliot And Western Philosophy, Shades Of Islam: Poems For A New Century and Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry.
M. A. R. Habib did his D.Phil in English from Oxford University. He is a professor of English at Kingston University, London. The author’s interest in Islamic literature and religion is evident from his translations and some of his writings. He is of the belief that it is essential to develop a mutual understanding between the western world and the Islamic world. He has given several talks and lectures on Islam and its various aspects, in an attempt to spread understanding about Islam.