I'm looking for a place to start with 'ideology' and 'autonomy' in literary criticism, especially so called "moral criticism". Any tips? Maybe a rundown of tendencies that employ those concepts would help.
A tendency—rather than a recognized school—within literary criticism to judge literary works according to moral rather than formal principles. Moral criticism is not necessarily censorious or ‘moralizing’ in its approach, although it can be; nor does it necessarily imply a Christian perspective, although it often does. Moral critics include D. H. Lawrence, whose position was pagan, and extolled the virtue of ‘life’ as a force to be nourished through literature; T. S Eliot, who was Christian, and judged works in terms of their ability to clarify life, and give it meaning; F. R. Leavis, who thought literature should be ‘improving’, that by reading it one should become a better person.