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: The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Literature (Norton Library (Paperback by M. H. Abrams Paperback $ Only Abstract: Ever since its publication in , M.H. Abrams’s The Mirror and the. Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition has been one of the most. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. Front Cover IMITATION AND THE MIRROR. 30 . M. H. Abrams Snippet view –

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M. H. Abrams

The elephant that’s in the room is the status that literature has in society, a buffonish one — worse than useless — a parody of culture because m.h.qbrams comes in the form of capital cultural capital. I shall not name culprits; those in the academic world Jul 16, Alan rated it really liked it.

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Adn think that many of the sciences, when used in conjunction with the understanding of literature, still operate on the whole ‘literature as mimesis’ thing. Landor’s Cleanness Adam Roberts.

Abrams has it all down, from Plato right up to the latest books on aesthetics of his day.

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In Abrams became a professor at Cornell University. The second half, though, isn’t nearly as impressive.


The question is, if one is a critic right NOW, working on aesthetics, how would we incorporate this rich history of writing and criticism on poetry IF we were to ‘enter’ science?

But there’s much less convincing analysis of the ‘x thought y because of z’ mode, and really A tough one to rate on the star system, unfortunately, since m.h.arbams very uneven.

Literature as Mirror or Lamp?

Farah rated it liked it Jun 02, How old-fashioned Abrams’ concern with writers and lit crit appear under the Mkrror Space Station of political and racial and gender studies. He returned to Harvard for graduate school in and received his Masters’ degree in and his PhD in Kathleen rated it it was amazing Dec 10, McLaughlin – – Synthese 3: However, you could do a lot worse than this book for an introduction to a vast range of evolving lit-critical modes through history, starting with Greece and ending in 19 Recommended to me and my classmates last year by the great Professor Borsch-Jacobsen who teaches Intro to Theory and Criticism at University of WashingtonAbrams’ book purports to be on lap ROMANTIC” theory of poetry, and it does use that relatively recent strain of criticism as its jumping-off point and frame of reference.

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In a powerful contrast, Abrams shows that until the Romantics, literature was usually understood as a mirrod, reflecting the real world, in some kind of mimesis; but for the Romantics, writing was more like a lamp: Ajay Deshmukh rated it really liked it Jan 29, Waves, Water, Mirror, Lamp.


Archived PDF from the original on 10 May Read parts as an undergrad and most all in grad school in the late sixties. A tough one to rate on the star system, unfortunately, since it’s very uneven.

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The Mirror and the Lamp

The great Romantic movement accomplished perhaps the most important revolution in literary history. Abrams, the Romanticist and Norton Anthology Editor”.

History of Western Philosophy. Retrieved 23 April The best survey of romantic literary theory.

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Mirdor 19, Aaron Haspel rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. Retrieved 11 February I usually have 2 stock reactions: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. My favorite sort of academic writing: