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Literary theory
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Literary theory is a form of communication about literature, itself subject to historical determinants. It defines in each case what can be called “literature”; it also enables thoughtful observations on human self-interpretation in literature [27. 14]. At the beginning of the early modern period, there was no independent literary theory. Instead we find thoughts on literary theory in the context of other forms of discourse (see 3. below). Eve…

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Fauser, Markus, “Literary theory”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023451>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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