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Critical Theory and Literary Theory
Critical Theory and Literary Theory
Mathias Nilges

The ways in which critical theory has influenced literary studies are numerous and complex. Cultural studies, sociological approaches, various political or philosophical criticisms, various formalisms or modes of attention to history, genre, and so on frequently make use of the work of the Frankfurt School and of the theorists more or less coherently grouped under the different generations of critical theorists. But at the heart of critical theory and its development lies a particular theory of literature, and a particular method of literary criticism that is too often forgotten when we bring the work of critical theorists to literary studies. There are a number of ways in which critical theory ...

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