Thematic literary criticism  

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Thematic literary criticism is the study of literature categorized or classified by theme. Examples include Mario Praz’s Romantic Agony, which investigates the morbid and sexual tendencies in Romantic literature, Tzvetan Todorov's The Fantastic, which is a survey of fantastic strains in European literature, Colin Wilson's The Misfits and The Outsider which highlights authors considered perverse or out of the mainstream respectively, Ludwig Marcuse’s Obscene: The History of an Indignation, a survey of obscenity trials in European literature, André Breton’s Anthology of Black Humor, a compendium of authors considered practitioners of black humor and Patrick J. Kearney's A History of Erotic Literature which is a history of erotic fiction.

An early theoretic approach to thematic criticism is provided by Jean-Pierre Richard in Littérature et Sensation (1954) and Horst Daemmrich's Themes and Motifs in Western Literature.


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