The Selected Essays of Donald Greene (Google eBook)

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Bucknell University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 355 pages
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Donald Greene suggested that the eighteenth century should be seen as The Age of Exuberance. It was an era unmatched, he argued, for intellectual ferment and literary accomplishment of the highest order. In his numerous books and in an essay canon that has few scholarly parallels in the postwar period, Greene helped recenter not only the age as a whole but also its principal writer, Samuel Johnson. He did so with a consistent scholarly commitment: one must reexamine intellectual and literary documents always in reference to the milieu and the values of the world in which they were reproduced; one must take no critical judgment, however imposing its author's reputation, on faith. Not only did Greene help redefine The Age of Exuberance and Samuel Johnson as few scholars of the post-World War II era, he also demonstrated that his scholarly methodology could illuminate such literary figures as Jane Austen, a near chronological neighbor, and equally a more distant one - Evelyn Waugh. fairly be characterized as F. R. Leavis did of Johnson's critical commentary - alive and life-giving. John L. Abbott is retired from the University of Connecticut, where he was Professor and Head of English.
  

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Contents

Preface to The Age of Exuberance
29
The Study of EighteenthCentury Literature Past Present and Future
33
Augustinianism and Empiricism A Note on EighteenthCentury English Intellectual History
58
Logical Structure in EighteenthCentury Poetry
96
The Sin of Pride A Sketch for a Literary Exploration
120
Johnson Without Boswell
145
Tis A Pretty Book Mr Boswell But
147
A Secret Far Dearer to Him than His Life Johnsons Vile Melancholy Reconsidered
173
The Logia of Samuel Johnson and the Quest for the Historical Johnson
211
The Terrain of Literature
241
Western Canadian Literature
243
Literature or Metaliterature? Thoughts on Traditional Literary Study
268
The Original of Pemberley
301
The Great Long Beach Waugh Memorial Evelyn Waughs Hollywood
327
Index
343
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