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One of the most talked about developments in contemporary criticism is the rise of the New Historicism. Seeking alternatives to the orthodoxies ranging from New Criticism to contemporary Franco-American literary theory, literary criticism”s newest generation of scholars is bringing a reconsidered history center-stage.
Following Clifford Geertz and other cultural anthropologists, the New Historicist critics have evolved a method for describing culture in action. Their "thick descriptions” seize upon an event or anecdote—colonist John Rolfe's conversation with Pocohontas's father, a note found among Nietzsche's papers to the effect that "I have lost my umbrella” —and re-read it in such a way that the analysis of tiny particulars reveals the motive forces controlling a whole society.
The essays in THE NEW HISTORICISM, almost all of which appear here for the first time, represent the state of the art of the New Historicism. Addressing questions such as the "Third World” as signifier, the relationship between feminism and the New Historicism, the question of class” as category, and the viability of cultural materialism, this volume demonstrates how the New Historicism reconsiders history from a fresh perspective as it tackles some of the most hotly contested issues of current criticism.