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Conditions for Criticism: Authority, Knowledge, and Literature in the Late Nineteenth Century

Ian Small


This book studies changes in the practice of literary criticism in the nineteenth century and locates those changes within wider movements in British intellectual culture. The growth of knowledge and its subsequent institutionalization in universities produced new forms of intellectual authority. This book examines these processes in a wide variety of disciplines, including economics, historiography, sociology, psychology, and philosophical aesthetics, and explores their impact upon literary criticism. Its thesis is that the work of late nineteenth-century writers such as Walter Pater and Osca ... More

Keywords: literary criticism, intellectual culture, knowledge, universities, intellectual authority, economics, historiography, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, philosophical aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198122418
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Small, author
University of Birmingham