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La critique littéraire dans la "Westminster review" (1824-1857)

Abstract : The aim of this study has been to assess the role and status of works of literature for a periodical not specifically literary in nature during the 25 years during which it was considered an outstanding journal. The space reserved for literature varied greatly during the various periods of its existence. These 25 years can, in fact, be divided into five distinct periods. For each of them, an analysis of the criticism of fiction and poetry is given, together with a chapter on dramatic criticism. The first period concerns the early years of the journal founded by Bentham and the utilitarian’s for whom a new social order could only come from the education of the people: literature finds a place in this moral and intellectual education. After J.S. Mill and his followers gave up their contributions for some time, literature occupies a lesser place, yet remains important as a counterpoint to political discussions. The third period is marked by the thought of J.S. Mill who gave an unprecedented place to the criticism of poetry, notably Tennyson’s. Mill’s successor, Hickson, made the review a tool to promote social reforms; it is then characterized by ultra-liberal ism. The last period, marked by the contributions of George Eliot, is by far the richest. Her famous literary essays are a prelude to her career as a novelist
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Odile Boucher-Rivalain. La critique littéraire dans la "Westminster review" (1824-1857). Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 1992. Français. ⟨NNT : 1992NAN21007⟩. ⟨tel-01776755⟩



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