Breaking and Re-Making: Aesthetic Practice in England, 1700-1820

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Rutgers University Press, 1989 - Art - 363 pages
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Paulson shows how 18th-century English poets and artists confronted the decline of High Renaissance ideals in literary theory and aesthetics. The book is less a single extended argument, though, than a collection of brilliant insights and interpretations: Pope as Ovidian poet; Joseph Wright as Shandyan artist. Especially stimulating are the readings of Hogarth, Wright, Gainsborough, Stubbs, and Constable that comprise the second half of the book. Except for the deconstructionist jargon, the discussions are lucid and compelling. Highly recommended for libraries supporting graduate programs in literature or art.

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Contents

PA RT l
1
THE AESTHETICS or REVOLUTIONRESTORATIONZ BYRON
94
PART II
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1
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14
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THE AESTHETICS or MOURNINGZ WRIGHT AND ROUBILIAC
203
THE AESTHETICS OF POSSESSIONZ REYNOLDS STUBBS
246
35
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48
317
NOTES
331
66
339
76
355
INDEX
357
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