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Mythic-Archetypal Criticism: An Introduction

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Introduction

  • The word myth derives from the Greek mythos, signifying word or story. Myth is defined from anthropological, folk, psychological, literary, and critical perspectives.
  • Commonly, myth is known for stories about uncommon events, unreal characterizations, and incredible worlds.
  • Mythic-Archetypal criticism tends…

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Tradition and the Great Tradition: T. S. Eliot, F. R. Leavis

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  • Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888 to perhaps the most influential American Unitarian family in St Louis, Missouri.
  • Tradition and the Individual Talent remains one of the most widely read essays across English literature classrooms all over the world.
  • Four years after this essay, Eliot published another essay, The Function of Criticism. This essay, which Eliot claimed was an effort to apply to criticism the ideas developed for the study of poetry in Tradition, withdrew the most revolutionary claims he had made in the earlier essay.
  • Tradition imagined poetic creation as a…

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