Making of the English Literary Canon: From the Middle Ages to the Late Eighteenth Century

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 20 mei 1998 - 411 pagina's
An indigenous canon of letters, Ross argues, had been both the hope and aim of English authors since the Middle Ages. Early authors believed that promoting the idea of a national literature would help publicize their work and favour literary production in the vernacular. Ross places these early gestures toward canon-making in the context of the highly rhetorical habits of thought that dominated medieval and Renaissance culture, habits that were gradually displaced by an emergent rationalist understanding of literary value. He shows that, beginning in the late seventeenth century, canon-makers became less concerned with how English literature was produced than with how it was read and received.

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Introduction
3
VERSIONS OF CANONIC HARMONY
21
CONSEQUENCES OF PRESENTISM
85
DEFINING A CULTURAL FIELD
145
CONSUMPTION AND CANONICHIERARCHY
207
How Poesy Became Literature
293
Notes
303
Index
383
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Dalhousie University, Canada

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