Victorian Critical Theory Representative Works - Essay

Representative Works

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Matthew Arnold
On Translating Homer; Three Lectures (lectures) 1861
On Translating Homer; Last Words (lectures) 1862
“The Function of Criticism at the Present Time” (essay) 1864
Essays in Criticism (essays) 1865
Culture and Anarchy: an essay in political and social criticism (criticism) 1869
“The Study of Poetry” (essay) 1880
Essays in Criticism: Second Series (essays) 1888

Walter Bagehot
“Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Browning; or, Pure, Ornate, and Grotesque Art in English Poetry” (essay) 1864

Thomas Carlyle
On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History (lectures) 1841

Eneas Sweetland Dallas
Poetics: An Essay on Poetry (criticism) 1852
The Gay Science. 2 vols. (criticism) 1866

George Henry Lewes
“Hegel's Aesthetics. Philosophy of Art” (essay) 1842
“The Principles of Success in Literature” (essay) 1865

David Masson
“Theories of Poetry and a New Poet” (essay) 1853

John Stuart Mill
“Two Kinds of Poetry” (essay) 1833
“What Is Poetry?” (essay) 1833

John Henry Newman
“Poetry, with Reference to Aristotle's Poetics” (essay) 1829

Walter Pater
Preface to The Renaissance; Studies in Art and Poetry (essay) 1873
*Marius the Epicurean (novel) 1885
Appreciations; with an Essay on Style (criticism) 1889
Plato and Platonism (lectures) 1893
The Renaissance; Studies in Art and Poetry (criticism) 1893

Coventry Patmore
“The Ethics of Art” (essay) 1849

John Ruskin
Modern Painters: their superiority in the art of landscape painting to all the Ancient Masters proved by examples of the True, the Beautiful, and the Intellectual from the works of modern artists, especially from those of J. M. W. Turner. 6 vols. (criticism) 1843‐88

Algernon Charles Swinburne
“William Blake” (essay) 1868
Essays and Studies (essays) 1875
“A Note on Charlotte Brontë” (criticism) 1877
A Study of Shakespeare (criticism) 1880
Miscellanies (essays) 1886
Studies in Prose and Poetry (essays) 1894

*Although this text is a novel, scholars note that in it Pater conveys important elements of his critical theory.