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Conditions for CriticismAuthority, Knowledge, and Literature in the Late Nineteenth Century$
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Ian Small

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198122418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122418.001.0001

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Conclusion: Knowledge and Authority

Conclusion: Knowledge and Authority

(p.131) 6 Conclusion: Knowledge and Authority
Conditions for Criticism

Ian Small

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the interpretation of Pater and Wilde. It notes that these writers should be considered as serious figures in that they obviously engaged with dominant intellectual issues. It explains that the particularities and details of intellectual crisis are unique to the nineteenth century, but the fundamental structure of crisis — the relationship between authority and knowledge — is not. It examines the relationship between the practice labelled ‘literary criticism’ and the determination of literary values.

Keywords:   Pater, Wilde, intellectual crisis, knowledge, literary criticism, literary values

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