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Twentieth-Century Humanist Critics From Spitzer to Frye by William Calin

Twentieth-Century Humanist Critics From Spitzer to Frye


Twentieth-Century Humanist Critics From Spitzer to Frye by William Calin

The Twentieth-Century Humanist Critics revisits the work and place of eight scholars roughly contemporary with Anglo-American New Criticism: Leo Spitzer, Ernst Robert Curtius, Erich Auerbach, Albert Beguin, Jean Rousset, C.S. Lewis, F.O. Matthiessen, and Northrop Frye. William Calin first considers the achievements of each critic, examining his methodology and basic presuppositions as well as the critiques marshalled against him. Calin explores their relation to history, to canon-formation, and to our current theoretical debates. He then goes on to show how all eight form a current in the history of criticism related to both humanism and modernism.Underscoring the international, cosmopolitian aspects of literary scholarship in the twentieth century, The Twentieth-Century Humanist Critics brings together humanist critical traditions from Europe, the United Kingdom, and North America and reveals the surprising extent to which, in various languages and academic systems, critics were posing similar questions and offering a gamut of similar responses.


'The Twentieth-Century Humanist Critics is a very engaging work, full of insights on critics that are due for a re-reading. Eminently readable, William Calin's book is timely and original in its treatment of the relationship between humanism and contemporary literary studies.'
Francesco G. Loriggio College of Humanities, Carleton University

About the Author

William Calin is a graduate research professor in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Florida.

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Book Info

Publication date

30th April 2007


William Calin

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University of Toronto Press


288 pages


Literary theory
Western philosophy, from c 1900 -
Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance, c 500 to c 1600



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