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The Resource The constitution of literature : literacy, democracy, and early English literary criticism, Lee Morrissey

The constitution of literature : literacy, democracy, and early English literary criticism, Lee Morrissey

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The constitution of literature : literacy, democracy, and early English literary criticism
Title
The constitution of literature
Title remainder
literacy, democracy, and early English literary criticism
Statement of responsibility
Lee Morrissey
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The Constitution of Literature challenges the prevailing understanding of the relationship between literature and democracy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when both literature and democracy were acquiring their modern forms. Against the heroic story of criticism shaping the modern public sphere as recounted by Habermas and his followers, this study explores how different resistances to democratized reading preoccupied the thinking of the major English literary critics of the time. By paying attention to how critics participated in a debate over theories of reading - its processes for acquiring meaning from the page, its psychological and social effects on individuals, and its diffusion across the population - the book offers a new understanding of the political history of early literary criticism."--BOOK JACKET
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Morrissey, Lee
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Criticism
  • Criticism
  • Books and reading
  • Books and reading
  • English literature
  • English literature
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The constitution of literature : literacy, democracy, and early English literary criticism, Lee Morrissey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-233) and index
Contents
  • Preface : rethinking the history of criticism
  • Introduction : Habermas and the resistance to reading in early English literary criticism.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • Radical literacy and radical democracy in the 1640s.
  • p. 25
  • 2.
  • "God forgive you Common-wealths-men" : Dryden and the project of restoration.
  • p. 61
  • 3.
  • "Avoid disputes" : The spectator, the market, and criticism.
  • p. 87
  • 4.
  • Early eighteenth-century rules for reading : an act of settlement.
  • p. 112
  • 5.
  • Hume, the politics of passion, and reading.
  • p. 133
  • 6.
  • Samuel Johnson, the Constitution, and the exuberance of signification.
  • p. 155
  • Conclusion : the Enlightenment and the unfinished project of deconstruction.
  • p. 181
  • Notes.
  • p. 201
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 217
  • Index.
  • p. 235
Control code
31b16518792
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 242 p.
Isbn
9780804757867
Lccn
2007038617
Label
The constitution of literature : literacy, democracy, and early English literary criticism, Lee Morrissey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-233) and index
Contents
  • Preface : rethinking the history of criticism
  • Introduction : Habermas and the resistance to reading in early English literary criticism.
  • p. 1
  • 1.
  • Radical literacy and radical democracy in the 1640s.
  • p. 25
  • 2.
  • "God forgive you Common-wealths-men" : Dryden and the project of restoration.
  • p. 61
  • 3.
  • "Avoid disputes" : The spectator, the market, and criticism.
  • p. 87
  • 4.
  • Early eighteenth-century rules for reading : an act of settlement.
  • p. 112
  • 5.
  • Hume, the politics of passion, and reading.
  • p. 133
  • 6.
  • Samuel Johnson, the Constitution, and the exuberance of signification.
  • p. 155
  • Conclusion : the Enlightenment and the unfinished project of deconstruction.
  • p. 181
  • Notes.
  • p. 201
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 217
  • Index.
  • p. 235
Control code
31b16518792
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 242 p.
Isbn
9780804757867
Lccn
2007038617

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