Literary Knowing in Neoclassical France: From Poetics to Aesthetics
Literary Knowing in Neoclassical France analyzes the work of several literary critics in France and England, at the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth centuries, who were inspired by the idea that literature especially the literary sublime might offer us the deepest kind of knowledge. Dominique Bouhours, Nicolas Boileau, Rene Rapin, John Dennis, and the abbe Dubos believed that literature could deliver truths that transcend our world and were analogous or even equal to the truths of divine revelation. Ann Delehanty argues that this shift towards the transcendental realm pushed the definition of the literary work away from describing its objective properties and towards its effects on the mind of the reader. After placing these ideas about literature in the context of the religious and philosophical thinking of Blaise Pascal, Delehanty traces the evolution of a debate about literature in the writings of the critics in question. They embraced theories of sentiment and the passions as the epistemological means of identifying and knowing the transcendental aspects of a literary work that eventually came to be known as aesthetics. By tracing the historical evolution of the relationship between transcendentalism and aesthetics in French and English neoclassical thought, Literary Knowing in Neoclassical France provides new and engaging insights into an important moment in our literary history."
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Chapter 01 The Hearts Knowledge in Pascal
Chapter 02 Divine and Human Creation in Bouhours
Chapter 03 Boileau and the Sublime
Chapter 04 From Transcendence to Virtue in Rapin
Chapter 05 Denniss Theory of Mind
Chapter 06 Dubos and the Faculty of Sentiment
Other editions - View all
aesthetics allows argues Aristotelian Aristotle artist audience beauty bien Blaise Pascal Bouhours’s c’est century chapter Christ claims coeur deﬁnition Dennis Dennis’s Descartes discussion divine grace divine revelation Dominique Bouhours Dubos Dubos’s effect Entretiens esprit essay example excellent experience faculty fait faut feeling ﬁgures ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁnd ﬁnite ﬁrst genius heart hommes human idea identiﬁes imitation ineffable ineﬁrable inﬁnite inspiration Jansenists Jean-Baptiste Dubos judge judgment knowledge l’esprit language literary criticism literature literature’s Longinus Longinus’s Louis Marin mimesis mind modern moral move n’est nature naturel neo-Platonic Nicolas Boileau object one’s ouvrages Pascal Pascal’s model Pascalian passions pense'e perspective philosophical Plato poem poet poetic poetry’s production qu’elle qu’il qu’on Rapin rational reader reason relationship religious representation rhetoric rules sais Scripture sense sentiment seventeenth-century soul sublime suggests taste theory things thinkers thought tion tl'lC tout transcendental realm truth understanding University Press viewer virtue words work’s writes