Romantic Literary Criticism

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Arac, Jonathan. “Repetition and Exclusion: Coleridge and New Criticism Reconsidered.” Boundary 2 8, no. 1 (fall 1979): 261-73.

A study of the relationship between New Criticism and Coleridge's theology-based theories. Post-New Critics, according to Arac, should abandon Coleridge's criticism in favor of the theories of Shelley, whose work was banished by the New Critics.

Christensen, Jerome. “‘Like a Guilty Thing Surprised’: Deconstruction, Coleridge, and the Apostasy of Criticism.” Critical Inquiry 12, no. 4 (summer 1986): 769-87.

Discusses the relationship between politics and criticism in the Romantic age and in the 1960s, maintaining that deconstruction has much in common with the critical theory of Coleridge.

Eliot, T. S. “Wordsworth and Coleridge.” In The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism: Studies in the Relation of Criticism to Poetry in England, pp. 67-85. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1933.

Compares Wordsworth's theoretical perspective in his Preface to Lyrical Ballads to that of Coleridge's in Biographia Literaria.

Jasper, David, ed. The Interpretation of Belief: Coleridge, Schleiermacher, and Romanticism. London: Macmillan, 1986, 237 p.

A collection of essays exploring the views of German and English Romantic critics on the relationship between art and religion.

Leask, Nigel. The Politics of Imagination in Coleridge's Critical Thought. London: Macmillan, 1988, 269 p.

Analysis of the political, religious, and aesthetic foundations of Coleridge's critical theories.

Parrinder, Patrick. “William Wordsworth: The Poet as Prophet.” In Authors and Authority: English and American Criticism 1750-1990, pp. 38-63. London: Macmillan, 1991.

Traces the development of Romantic aesthetic theory in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, particularly the work of Wordsworth in the Preface to Lyrical Ballads.

Robertson, P. J. M. “Criticism and Creativity III: Pope and Coleridge.” Queen's Quarterly 91, no. 3 (autumn 1984): 665-78.

Examines differences and similarities in the critical theories of Pope and Coleridge.

Simpson, David, ed. The Origins of Modern Critical Thought: German Aesthetic and Literary Criticism from Lessing to Hegel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988, 449 p.

Anthology of excerpts from the critical essays of the major figures of German Romanticism, among them Schiller, F. Schlegel, A. W. Schlegel, Schelling, and Novalis.

Szenczi, M. “Imagination and Truth to Nature: Philosophical Foundations of Coleridge's Literary Criticism.” In European Romanticism, edited by I. Sötér, pp. 127-82. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1977.

Examines nineteenth and twentieth century debate on the origins of Coleridge's philosophy of criticism.

Venuti, Lawrence. “The Ideology of the Individual in Anglo-American Criticism: The Example of Coleridge and Eliot.” Boundary 2 14, nos. 1-2 (fall-winter 1985-86): 161-93.

Examines the emergence of the individual as the dominant force in English literary criticism beginning with Coleridge's theory of poetry.

Wellek, René. “English Literary Historiography during the Nineteenth Century.” In Discriminations: Further Concepts of Criticism, pp. 143-63. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970.

Discusses various historiographical concepts associated with English literature during the Romantic and Victorian periods.

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Criticism: Variations On Romantic Critical Theory