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The Passion of Charles Péguy: Literature, Modernity, and the Crisis of Historicism

Glenn H. Roe


In many ways, the development of twentieth-century literary criticism and theory can be seen as a prolonged struggle against the pervading influence of nineteenth-century positivist historicism. Anglo-American New Criticism and later French post-structuralism and deconstruction are the best-known instances of this conflict. Less widely known but no less important to contemporary literary studies are Charles Péguy’s earlier debates with French academic historicism in the years leading up to World War I. First examined by Antoine Compagnon in his groundbreaking work La Troisième République des l ... More

Keywords: positivism, historicism, intellectual history, French Third Republic, modernity, literary theory, literary history, literary criticism, Charles Péguy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718079
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn H. Roe, author
Lecturer in Literary Studies and Digital Humanities, The Australian National University