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Probability and literary form : philosophic theory and literary practice in the Augustan age /
Douglas Lane Patey.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
description
xiii, 380 p.
ISBN
0521254566
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
isbn
0521254566
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
42947
 
Bibliography: p. 336-363. 336-363.
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This highly original and penetrating study explores fundamental intellectual predispositions and concepts which underpin the literature and thought of the Augustan period in England. The scope of this study is encyclopaedic and it will be an essential reference work for all scholars of eighteenth-century English literature and intellectual history, as well as historians of ideas.
Main Description
This highly original and penetrating study explores fundamental intellectual predispositions and concepts which underpin the literature and thought of the Augustan period in England. By examining in particular Augustan notions of probability and the way they provided a framework for thinking about and organising experience, Dr Patey reconstructs a characteristically eighteenth-century theory of literature which offers a much more satisfactory account of the work of Pope, Johnson, Fielding and others than the Romantic literary categories already in existence. The scope of this study is encyclopaedic and it will be an essential reference work for all scholars of eighteenth-century English literature and intellectual history, as well as historians of ideas.
Unpaid Annotation
Examines Augustan notions of probability & reconstructs a characteristically 18th-century theory of literature that offers a more satisfactory account of the work of Pope, Johnson, Fielding, & others than the Romantic literary categories still current.
Table of Contents
Preface
Stages in the History of the Idea of Probability
From rhetoric to science
Probability and signs: reasoning from effect to cause
Probability in Augustan Literary Criticism
Vraisemblance, probability and opinion
The literary work as a hierarchy of probable signs
The role of probability in Augustan theories of imitation
Probability and the Meaning of Augustan Narrative
Probability and literary form
The conditions of knowing in Augustan fiction
Sentimental communion and probable inference: Mackenzie and Sterne
Association, reverie and the decline of hierarchy; Concluding theoretical postscript
Appendces
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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