This is a systematic study of the conceptual framework used by critics and scholars in their discussions of influence in art and literature. Göran Hermerén explores the key questions raised in scholarly debate on the topic: What is meant by "influence"? What methods can be used to settle disagreements about influence? What reasons could be used to support or reject statements about artistic and literary influence?
The book is based on descriptive analyses in which the author has tried to make explicit what is said or implied in a number of quotations from scholarly writings on art and literature. Throughout, the emphasis is on clarifying the assumptions on which the use of the concept of influence is based, thus describing the limitations and merits of this kind of comparative research for critics and scholars.
Originally published in 1975.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. vii
- Illustrations, pg. ix
- Preface, pg. xiii
- Abbreviations, pg. xvii
- 1. Problems and Distinctions, pg. 3
- 2 Conditions for Influence, pg. 156
- 3. Measurement of Influence, pg. 263
- 4 Consequences and Conclusions, pg. 303
- Bibliography, pg. 323
- Index, pg. 337