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The Triumph of Augustan Poetics : English Literary Culture from Butler to Johnson - Blanford Parker

The Triumph of Augustan Poetics

English Literary Culture from Butler to Johnson

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The Triumph of Augustan Poetics offers an important and original re-evaluation of the transition from Baroque to Augustan in English literature. Starting with Butler's Hudibras, Blanford Parker describes Augustan satire as a movement away from the 'controversial disputation' of the seventeenth century to a general satire which ridicules Protestant, Anglican and Catholic in equal measure, as well as the poetic traditions that supported them. Once the dominant forms of late medieval and Baroque thought - analogical and fideist, a fully symbolic world and an empty wilderness - were erased, a novel space for the imagination was created. Here a 'literalism' new to European thought can be seen to have replaced the general satire, and at this moment Pope and Thomson create a new art of natural and quotidian description, in parallel with the rise of the novel. Parker's account concludes with the ambiguous or hostile reaction to this new mode seen in the works of Samuel Johnson and others.

"...Parker...offers a new understanding of the relationship between the Augustan mode and the modes of preceding ages." Choice "Despite this study's massive theological, historical, nd poetic frame of reference, the book is clearly written and can thus be recommended to common reader and scholar alike." SJSSC Newsletter

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Samuel Butler and the end of analogy
Transitional Augustan poetry
Pope and mature Augustanism
Thomson and the invention of the literal
The four poles of the Christian imagination in relation to Augustanism
The fideist reaction
Johnson and fideism
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ISBN: 9780521590884
ISBN-10: 0521590884
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 13th July 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.58