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Coleridge as Literary Critic: Biographia Literaria and Essays on the Principles of Genial Criticism

Raimonda Modiano

in The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644179
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199644179.013.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge as Literary Critic: Biographia Literaria and Essays on the Principles of Genial Criticism

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This article examines Samuel Taylor Coleridge's career as a literary critic, focusing on his Biographia Literaria and Essays on the Principles of Genial Criticism. It explains that Biographia Literaria is Coleridge's most controversial, most widely read and most provocative work, which he wrote after his battle with opium addiction. The article suggests that Essays on the Principles of Genial Criticism was based on Immanuel Kant's Critique of Judgment and on the aesthetic theory of Richard Payne Knight, whom Coleridge considered as a serious rival in aesthetics.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; literary critic; Biographia Literaria; Genial Criticism; Critique of Judgment; Richard Payne Knight; aesthetics

Article.  15477 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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