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Anecdotes of Enlightenment : human nature from Locke to Wordsworth /
James Robert Wood.
imprint
Charlottesville ; London : University of Virginia Press, 2019.
description
xv, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
0813942209, 9780813942209, 9780813942216
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imprint
Charlottesville ; London : University of Virginia Press, 2019.
isbn
0813942209
9780813942209
9780813942216
contents note
Anecdotal experiments -- Hume and the laws of anecdote -- Anecdotes in the wake of the Endeavor -- Anecdotal poetics in Lyrical Ballads.
general note
Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--Stanford University, 2012, titled Anecdote and enlightenment, 1700-1800 .
abstract
"This volume is both a formal study of the anecdote's properties and possibilities and an inquiry into the anecdote's intellectual function in Enlightenment culture. The author contends that anecdotes acted in Enlightenment writing as mediators between the incidents of human life and the laws of human nature, connecting the abstractions of philosophical reflection with lived experience. Successive chapters take a specific genre (the essay), a single writer (David Hume), a historical event (the Endeavour voyage), and a literary project (the Lyrical Ballads) as nets for collecting anecdotes. Each chapter is committed to the particularities of individual anecdotes and the specificities of the uses to which these anecdotes were put. However, the book also outlines a larger historical narrative in which the anecdote moves from a central place in the science of human nature to holding a particular place in poetry, even as the anecdote began to lose its currency in the emerging human sciences"--
catalogue key
12609930
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.

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