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The Resource Meaning of Literature, Reiss Timothy J

Meaning of Literature, Reiss Timothy J

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Meaning of Literature
Title
Meaning of Literature
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Reiss Timothy J
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
In this searching and wide-ranging book, Timothy J. Reiss seeks to explain how the concept of literature that we accept today first took shape between the mid-sixteenth century and the early seventeenth, a time of cultural transformation. Drawing on literary, political, and philosophical texts from Central and Western Europe, Reiss maintains that by the early eighteenth century divergent views concerning gender, politics, science, taste, and the role of the writer had consolidated, and literature came to be regarded as an embodiment of universal values. During the second half of the sixteenth century, Reiss asserts, conceptual consensus was breaking down, and many Western Europeans found themselves overwhelmed by a sense of social decay. A key element of this feeling of catastrophe, Reiss points out, was the assumption that thought and letters could not affect worldly reality. Demonstrating that a political discourse replaced the no-longer-viable discourse of theology, he looks closely at the functions that letters served in the reestablishment of order. He traces the development of the idea of literature in texts by Montaigne, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, and Cervantes, among others; through seventeenth-century writings by such authors as Davenant, Boileau, Dryden, Rymer, Anne Dacier, Astell, and Leibniz; to eighteenth-century works including those of Addison, Pope, Batteux and Hutcheson, Burke, Lessing, Kant, and Wollstonecraft. Reiss follows key strands of the tradition, particularly the concept of the sublime, into the nineteenth century through a reading of Hegel's Aesthetics. The Meaning of Literature will contribute to current debates concerning cultural dominance and multiculturalism. It will be welcomed by anyone interested in literature and in cultural studies, includingliterary theorists and historians, comparatists, intellectual historians, historical sociologists, and philosophers
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UKAHL
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Timothy J., Reiss
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Literature and history
  • Literature
  • Literature
  • Meaning (Philosophy)
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Literature
  • Literature and history
  • Literature
  • Meaning (Philosophy)
Target audience
general
Label
Meaning of Literature, Reiss Timothy J
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Meaning of Literature; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 A Poetics of Cultural Dismay; 2 The Sense of an Ending; 3 The Invention of Literature; 4 Violence and the Humanity of Reason; 5 Literature and Political Choice; 6 Politics and Reason, Ethics and Aesthetics; 7 Critical Quarrels and the Argument of Gender; 8 Inventing the Tradition; 9 Revolution in Bounds; 10 Sublimity and the Ends of Art; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index
Control code
1100893686
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501733017
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1100893686
Label
Meaning of Literature, Reiss Timothy J
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Meaning of Literature; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 A Poetics of Cultural Dismay; 2 The Sense of an Ending; 3 The Invention of Literature; 4 Violence and the Humanity of Reason; 5 Literature and Political Choice; 6 Politics and Reason, Ethics and Aesthetics; 7 Critical Quarrels and the Argument of Gender; 8 Inventing the Tradition; 9 Revolution in Bounds; 10 Sublimity and the Ends of Art; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index
Control code
1100893686
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501733017
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1100893686

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