Definition of literary history in English:

literary history


  • [mass noun] The history of the treatment of, and references to, a particular subject in literature.

    ‘lesbian literary history’
    • ‘Most of the authors that I know utilize their knowledge of Asian American literary history and Asian American social history in their works.’
    • ‘Applicants should know well the work of at least 25 writers, distributed through literary history and several genres.’
    • ‘This brief foray into literary history does three things.’
    • ‘For most of literary history, young male protagonists are characterized as orphans.’
    • ‘As a critical tool, then, genre is itself the product of innumerable reading encounters and discussions of texts: it is an artefact of literary history, like the texts themselves.’
    • ‘And a lot of it came from our literary history, our social history, like robots and whatnot.’
    • ‘In a theoretical coda I conclude with some remarks on the possibilities of what can be described as the intertextual feminization of literary history.’
    • ‘It also occupied a huge space in the newly developed disciplines of literary criticism and literary history.’
    • ‘Questions about the vexed relationship between literary criticism and literary history persist.’
    • ‘He had hoped to become a creative writer, but instead turned largely to literary history.’
    • ‘This is one of a number of textual allusions which, paradoxically, give the authority of literary history to Sam's historical investigations.’
    • ‘After all, from interpretive commentaries to Chaucer's catalogs of authors, literary history was a thriving concern in manuscript.’
    • ‘History bears on translation, just as translation has a bearing on history or, at least, literary history.’
    • ‘Thus the final chapter of this literary history brings Marvell into productive dialogue with practically every other poet discussed in the book.’
    • ‘While Surrey's position in literary history is rarely underestimated, the circumstances of his life are equally rarely understood.’
    • ‘Barthes has demonstrated to us that literary history can aid us in creating intelligibility, rather than re-creating the origins of a past reality.’
    • ‘Perhaps the conflict was only more heightened at Poe's particular point in literary history.’
    • ‘The psychoanalytic method also has consequences for the more mundane matters of historical context and literary history.’
    • ‘The Asian American literary movement is one of the most remarkable in American literary history.’
    • ‘As a matter of literary history, Poe is part of the development of the novel not the preservation of storytelling, at least not in Benjamin's sense.’