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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism : Volume 4, The Eighteenth Century - H. B. Nisbet

The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism

Volume 4, The Eighteenth Century

By: H. B. Nisbet (Editor), Claude Rawson (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2011
ISBN: 9780521300094
Number Of Pages: 970

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This is the most comprehensive account to date of the history of literary criticism in Britain and Europe between 1660 and 1800. Unlike previous histories, it is not just a chronological survey of critical writing, but a multidisciplinary investigation of how the understanding of literature and its various genres was transformed, at the start of the modern era, by developments in philosophy, psychology, the natural sciences, linguistics, and other disciplines, as well as in society at large. In the process, modern literary theory - at first often implicit in literary texts themselves - emancipated itself from classical poetics and rhetoric, and literary criticism emerged as a full-time professional activity catering for an expanding literate public. The volume is international both in coverage and in authorship. Extensive bibliographies provide guidance for further specialised study.

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'Erudite in makeup and cosmopolitan in sweep, the volume demonstrates the best continuity with the history it narrates.' Modern Philology

Editors' preface
Notes on contributors
Introduction: Criticism and Tradition
The institution of criticism in the eighteenth century Douglas
Ancients and moderns Douglas
Poetry, 1660-1740
Poetry, after 1740
Drama, 1660-1740
Drama, after 1740
Prose fiction: France English
Prose fiction: Great Britain
Prose fiction: Germany and the Netherlands
Biography and autobiography
Criticism and the rise of periodical literature
Language and Style
Theories of language
The contributions of rhetoric to literary criticism
Theories of style
Generality and particularity
The sublime
Themes and Movements
Sensibility and literary criticism
Women and literary criticism
Medieval revival and the Gothic
Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau and the EncyclopTdie
German literary theory from Gottsched to Goethe
The Scottish enlightenment
Canons and canon formation
Literature and Other Disciplines
Literature and philosophy
The psychology of literary creation and literary response
Taste and aesthetics
Shaftesbury and Addison: criticism and the public taste
The rise of aesthetics from Baumgarten to Humboldt
Literature and the other arts
Ut pictura poesis
The picturesque
Literature and music
Parallels between the arts
Classical scholarship and literary criticism
Biblical scholarship and literary criticism
Science and literary criticism
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ISBN: 9780521300094
ISBN-10: 0521300096
Series: Cambridge History of Literary Criticism : Book 4
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 970
Published: 1st April 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 5.87
Weight (kg): 1.58

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