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Herbert Lindenberger was one of the first literary critics to call for some kind of return to historical thinking in literary criticism. His ten essays cover canon formation, the historical status of genres, and the ways that art and criticism are embedded within institutional frameworks. Lindenberger argues that, "what we label 'historical' assumes strikingly different shapes in different historical situations" and that present shape empowers new kind of knowledge. He writes, "We may well discover that our century-old form of organization within the humanities no longer fits the type of knowledge we are producing." The lively and topical essays of The History in Literature demonstrate Lindenberger's capacious and diverse knowledge, his incisive wit, and his formidable critical skills.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231072533
ISBN-10: 0231072538
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 190mm x 19mm)
Pages: 269
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 6-Aug-1990
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Herbert Lindenberger

Herbert Lindenberger is Avalon Foundation Professor of Humnities at Stanford University. He has edited two collections and written several books, the most recent of which are Saul's Fall and Opera: The Extravagant Art.

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