Historicism

Simon Malpas*

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Abstract

De ned in the most straightforward terms, one might say that historicist criticism of literature and culture explores how the meaning of a text, idea or artefact is produced by way of its relation to the wider historical context in which it is created or experienced. For historicism, all meaning is therefore historically determined. In other words, nothing means ʼnaturally’, eternally or universally; rather, meaning emerges from the languages, beliefs, practices, institutions and desires of particular historically located cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory
EditorsPaul Wake, Simon Malpas
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter6
Pages62-72
Number of pages11
Edition2nd
ISBN (Electronic)9781134123278
ISBN (Print)9780415668293
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameRoutledge Companions

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