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The Art of Literary Biography$
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John Batchelor

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.001.0001

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Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, Shakespeare: The Problem of the Opus

Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, Shakespeare: The Problem of the Opus

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The Art of Literary Biography


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This chapter considers the concepts of New Criticism and the New Historicism by looking a novelist, a poet, and a playwright in the light of a few of the ideas of deconstruction. The chapter tries to see Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, and Shakespeare in a biographical light. It is stated that the New Critical paradigm is workable but may be less useful if there are insufficient author's letters. There is still a need to ‘take in’ author and opus.

Keywords:   Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, Shakespeare, opus, New Criticism, New Historicism

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