Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" New Historicist Perspective
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Homework Questions: 168:
Who were the New Critics or formalists?
What focus characterized New Criticism?
Who are the poststructuralists? What is their basic
How do new historicist critics differ from previous
Explain: "The new historicists . . . blur the
only between history and other social sciences but also between
and foreground, historical and literary materials, political and
Who is Michel Foucault?
Who is Friedrich Nietzsche?
Explain: "No historical event . . . has a single
it is intricately connected with a vast web of economic, social, and
What is "cultural poetics" (174)?
Explain: "Like a work of art, a work of history is the
product of a private creator and the public practices of a given
Explain: "Any one change is connected with a host of
one of which may simply be identified as cause or effect, progressive
regressive, repressive or enabling" (175).
Why shouldn't Foucault be considered the central influence
Why must we "perpetually redefine categories and boundaries"
What procedures, according to Jerome McGann, must the new
What key assumptions, according to H. Aram Veeser, do most
Other Discussion Questions: 168:
Who are "The New Kids on the Block"?
Explain: "It is difficult . . . to see present
critically from within them, and because of the same cultural
it is extremely difficult to enter bygone ages" (172).
Explain: "Not even a tyrannical aristocrat simply
for the aristocrat is himself formed and empowered by a network of
and practices that constitute power" (172).
What does "melioristic" mean?
What does "teleological" mean?
What does "inchoate" mean?
What similarities and differences exist between Modiano's
readings of the "Rime" ?
In what ways does Modiano's essay exemplify new historicism?