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Forming the critical mind : Dryden to Coleridge /
James Engell.
imprint
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1989.
description
x, 322 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
067430943X (alk. paper)
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imprint
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1989.
isbn
067430943X (alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
204527
 
Bibliography: p. [273]-308.
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A learned and important book that treats, in more copious and wide-ranging detail than any other study now available, the evolution of a major idea in Western culture.
This important book is concerned with an important subject, which it handles with authority, learning, and originality.
This is a book of deep learning and bold generalization...the first detailed map of an enormous territory with all the main ranges, rivers, and tributary streams filled in.
Engell brings the light of scholarship to the process by which the idea of "imagination" replaced the great chain of being as 'a force, an energy'...A valuable, serious addition to the history of ideas
This imporant book is concerned with an imporant subject, which it handles with authority, learning, and originality.
This is a book of deep learning and bold generalization...the first detailed map of an enormous territory with all the main ranges, riviers, and tributary screams filled in
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James Engell has prepared the first broad treatment of eighteenth- and early-nineteenth century British criticism to appear in a generation, presenting the views of scores of writers on a variety of questions, many of which remain live issues today. While offering major reevaluations of Dryden, Hume, and Johnson, Engell demonstrates that eighteenth-century criticism cannot be represented by just a few major critics or by generalizations about Augustan taste, neoclassical rules, or "common sense." He presents a complex and highly varied body of theoretical writing and practical application by dozens of critics including Rymer, Addison, Welsted, Ramsay, Hurd, Gerard, Newbery, Campbell, Blair, Beattie, Jeffrey, and Hazlitt. He also analyzes the continued relevance of their critical work, drawing connections with modern writers such as Eliot, Frye, Saussure, Barthes, Culler, Bakhtin, and Levi-Strauss. Engell concludes with a stimulating essay on the nature and function of the critical process itself. For students and scholars conversant with modern critical theory, Forming the Critical Mind will offer some surprising and interesting comparisons.
Main Description
James Engellhas prepared the first broad treatment of eighteenth- and early-nineteenth century British criticism to appear in a generation, presenting the views of scores of writers on a variety of questions, many of which remain live issues today. While offering major reevaluations of Dryden, Hume, and Johnson, Engelldemonstrates that eighteenth-century criticism cannot be represented by just a few major critics or by generalizations about Augustan taste, neoclassical rules, or "common sense." He presents a complex and highly varied body of theoretical writing and practical application by dozens of critics including Rymer, Addison, Welsted, Ramsay, Hurd, Gerard, Newbery, Campbell, Blair, Beattie, Jeffrey, and Hazlitt. He also analyzes the continued relevance of their critical work, drawing connections with modern writers such as Eliot, Frye, Saussure, Barthes, Culler, Bakhtin, and Levi-Strauss. Engell concludes with a stimulating essay on the nature and function of the critical process itself. For students and scholars conversant with modern critical theory, Forming the Critical Mind will offer some surprising and interesting comparisons.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Originating Force of Eighteenth-Century criticism
Metamorphoses
Practical Theorist: Dryden's ""Variety of Models""
The Paradox of Refinement: Progress and Decline in Literature
""So Far Retir'd from Happy Pieties"": The Rise of Modern Myth
Judgement and Values, Literary and Social
Non-Disputandum: Hume's Critique of Criticism
Estrangement: The Problem of Ethics and Aesthetics
Kinds, Canons, and Readers
Methods and Aims
Johnson and the
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