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The Common SpringEssays on Latin and English Poetry$
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Niall Rudd

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675488

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675488.001.0001

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Classical Humanism and its Critics

Classical Humanism and its Critics

Lecture (to a Canadian audience), published in Classical Views 15 (1996) 283–303]

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(p.213) 17 Classical Humanism and its Critics
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The Common Spring
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Niall Rudd

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675488.003.0017

This essay traces the changes and developments of the kinds of criticism and critical assumptions brought to bear on Classical literature in particular from the mid to end of the twentieth century. Marx, Freud, historicism, feminism, anthropology, sociology are all shown to have refined the previously heavily philological and grammatical study of ancient texts. Some theories are rejected as inappropriate, others shown to be useful with proper application, especially intention. Classical Humanism is advocated as the study of texts to reveal both the differences and abiding similarities between people of different ages and civilisations, often shown in shared concerns in their literature.

Keywords:   Humanism, Literary criticism, Intention, Text

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