Johnson’s Preface to the Plays of William Shakespeare| Summary & Analysis

Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), a neoclassical critic whose fame as an outstanding literary figure rests on his thought provoking works: 1. Dictionary of English Language famous as Johnson’s Dictionary (1755) 2. His critical papers in Rambler, a periodical he started and edited from 1750-1752. 3. Preface to the Plays of William Shakespeare (1765) 4. Lives […]

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What is Poststructuralism/ Deconstruction?| Meaning & Key Theorists

Poststructuralism, a major theory in literary criticism embraces the multiple perspectives to study literary texts. It came into being in France in the late 1960s with the radical views of Roland Barthes (1915-1980) and Jacques Derrida (1930-2004). Some critics, such as Hans Bertens, think poststructuralism as continuation of structuralism, and critics like Peter Barry considers […]

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