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Between the ancients and the moderns : Baroque culture in Restoration England /
Joseph M. Levine.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c1999.
xiii, 279 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0300079141 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c1999.
0300079141 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
John Evelyn and the two cultures -- John Dryden between the ancients and the moderns -- France and England: the Sieur de Saint-Evremond -- Christopher Wren and the quarrel between the ancients and the moderns.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joseph M. Levine is Distinguished Professor of History at Syracuse University.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-06:
The most important issue in the intellectual history of late-17th and early-18th-century culture is the relationship between the works of the ancients (imitation) and modern productions (innovation). But although this posturing on the parts of artists and writers seems almost to characterize high Baroque culture, too often cultural histories simplify the picture. Asserting that the working out of positions between ancient and modern is exquisitely complex, Levine (Syracuse Univ.) delineates positions taken in theory and practice by movers and shakers of the period with respect to the conflicting claims of the ancients and the moderns. The author first looks at John Evelyn--his diaries, writings on gardening, and participation in the Royal Society; he then treats John Dryden and his works, revealing a writer with "vacillating and inconsistent" judgments. In part 3, Levine deals with the transcontinental Sier de Saint-Evremond, whose his opinions on opera are worth attention; and in a final section on architect Christopher Wren, Levine establishes his case for an increasingly capable realization of the ancients and liberation from the past. Most useful to readers familiar with Levine's The Battle of the Books (1991), this title includes helpful notes and splendid illustrations. Strongly recommended for graduate students and above. S. Pathak; Virginia Commonwealth University
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The quarrel between the ancients and moderns was resumed in the 17th century as writers and artists debated how far to risk the freedom to innovate. This text argues that it was this tension that gave unity to the cultural life of the period.
Table of Contents
List of Platesp. vi
Introductionp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
John Evelyn and the Two Cultures
John Evelyn and the Education of Antiquityp. 3
Evelyn between the Ancients and the Modernsp. 23
John Dryden Between the Ancients and the Moderns
Dryden and the Modernsp. 35
Dryden and the Ancientsp. 53
Dryden and the Battle of the Booksp. 77
Dryden's Virgil and the Triumph of Antiquityp. 96
France and England: The Sieur de Saint-Evremond
Saint-Evremond and the Modernsp. 113
Saint-Evremond, Dryden and the Operap. 128
Saint-Evremond in Englandp. 140
Christopher Wren and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns
Restoration Architecture and the Young Christopher Wrenp. 161
Restoration Architecture between the Ancients and the Modernsp. 182
Notesp. 210
Indexp. 271
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