Titel: Literature and Reality, 1600-1800.
Verlag: The Macmillan Press Ltd, London, first edition, 1978
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Cloth, 8vo, 23 cm, x, 238 pp. From the blurb: "The primary purpose of this book is to establish new approaches to works by a range of the main English literary figures of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Critical orthodoxy in the interpretation of the works of these writers has sometimes come to an unwarranted degree of complacency; and denial of an author's manifest weaknesses has often exhibited itself in excessive scholastic ingenuities. The unusually wide chronological scope of this book adds to its impartiality. Among the readings here is an argument that Donne, far from being a realist, is in flight from hard fact; that the unconscious meaning of Paradise Lost, portrayed in the archetypal imagery and evolutionism of the poem, is that Heaven and Hell are 'married'; that what explains the peculiarities of Defoe's novels is his fundamental interest in the theme of survival; that Pope's master-theme is proportion; that Fielding's work shows a confiict between the Christian and the judge; that Thomson, Johnson, Crabbe and Cowper increasingly show a fascination for the identities of people and objects which works against the efficacy of their generalisations. Through all the interpretations runs the continuing theme of how much reality, at a time when 'reality' was being reinterpreted and vastly extended, the writers of these centuries found it possible to include in their work, and how the character and amount of their inclusiveness alters over the period. This theme has not been widely explored before, yet it is the key to an understanding of English literature in an age of increasing empiricism and relativism." Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-23121
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