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Historic Literary Criticism is a collection of over 20,000 historical contemporary reviews, essays and commentary related to more than 500 influential authors from the 17th to early 20th century. The content comes from a range of sources such as contemporary periodicals as well as published and unpublished letters. The cornerstone of the collections comes from the renowned Critical Heritage series from Routledge. These historical documents and essays allow readers to contextualize some of the most important authors in order to investigate how contemporary critics assessed their works. The provision of the historical literary contexts allows researchers, at all levels, but particularly undergraduates, to place authors and texts into a full historical critical environment, allowing them to understand how contemporary reviewers and peers viewed texts when they were first published. The ability to historicize texts is a key requirement for undergraduage literature students.
Collection includes over 100 volumes from Routledge’s highly acclaimed Critical Heritage Series, which have been expertly curated, offering unparalled surveys of the critical reception of key 17th-early 20th century authors. Routledge’s Critical Heritage Series is not available anywhere else online.
The Collection also features thousands of reviews, essays and critical assessments for hundreds more authors from selected 18th and 19th century periodicals. These reviews provide the initial critical reaction to published works and are a vital means of understanding the authors received in their time.
550 of the most studied authors of the period are assessed in this collection.
Documents have been indexed to identify both the author being reviewed and the specific work being asessed, enabling researchers to quickly find all criticism related to a specific author or about a particular text.
Historic Literary Criticism is on the powerful ProQuest platform, providing the researcher with powerful browsing and searching tools, in addition to the ability to search other relevant databases, such as MLA International Bibliography, Historic Newspapers and Periodicals Archive Online.
Researchers can understand and map the community of literary figures, plotting influences, reviews, reactions and the changing viewpoints of key authors and their works over time with this exclusive online resource.