The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 4, The Eighteenth Century

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George Alexander Kennedy, H. B. Nisbet, Claude Rawson
Cambridge University Press, Dec 8, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 951 pages
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This is a comprehensive 1997 account 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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Contents

The institution of criticism in the eighteenth century
3
Ancients and Moderns
32
Poetry 16601740
75
Poetry after 1740
117
Drama 16601740
167
Drama after 1740
184
France
210
Great Britain
238
1o Primitivism
456
Medieval revival and the Gothic
470
Voltaire Diderot Rousseau and the Encyclopedie
489
German literary theory from Gottsched to Goethe
522
The Scottish Enlightenment
546
Canons and canon formation
560
Literature and philosophy
587
The psychology of literary creation and literary response
614

Germany and the Netherlands 164
264
Historiography
282
Biography and autobiography
302
Criticism and the rise of periodical literature
316
Theories of language
335
The contributions of rhetoric to literary criticism
349
Theories of style
365
Generality and particularity
381
The sublime
394
Sensibility and literary criticism
419
Women and literary criticism
434
Taste and aesthetics
633
ii The rise of aesthetics from Baumgarten
658
Literature and the other arts
681
ii The picturesque
700
iv Parallels between the arts
730
Classical scholarship and literary criticism
742
Biblical scholarship and literary criticism
758
Science and literary criticism
778
Bibliography
798
Index
901
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Claude Rawson is Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale University.

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