An Introduction to the Methods and Materials of Literary Criticism: The Bases in Aesthetics and Poetics

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LITERARY CRITISM.

CHAPTER I. .
NATURE AND FUNCTION OF LITERARY CRITICISM

PART I. -- THEORY OF CRITICISM.

§ 1. DIVISION OF THE SUBJECT AND STATEMENT OF PROBLEMS.
THE study of literary criticism may best be begun by an inquiry into the meaning of the term. The following questions then suggest themselves: What is the nature of the process called criticism? How many kinds of criticism are there, and what is the principle of classification? How is literary criticism distinguished from other varieties or types of criticism?I. Definitions of criticism. -- These may be drawn from the usages of speech and writing, or framed in accordance with some theory; or, the two methods may be combined, one being used to correct and verify the other. In what follows we shall first consider popular usages of the term, then call attention to its theoretical aspects.A.USAGE. -- The following are some of the meanings commonly attached to the word:
1. Criticism is used in the sense of fault-finding or taking exception. The critic is one who takes a hostile attitude.

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