Literary Knowing in Neoclassical France: From Poetics to by Ann T. Delehanty

By Ann T. Delehanty

Literary realizing in Neoclassical France analyzes the paintings of numerous literary critics in France and England, on the finish of the 17th and starting of the eighteenth centuries, who have been encouraged by means of the concept that literature – in particular the literary chic – may provide us the inner most type of wisdom. Dominique Bouhours, Nicolas Boileau, René Rapin, John Dennis, and the abbé Dubos believed that literature may perhaps bring truths that go beyond our international and have been analogous or perhaps equivalent to the truths of divine revelation. Ann Delehanty argues that this shift in the direction of the transcendental realm driven the definition of the literary paintings clear of describing its goal homes and in the direction of its results at the brain of the reader. After putting those rules approximately literature within the context of the non secular and philosophical taking into consideration Blaise Pascal, Delehanty lines the evolution of a debate approximately literature within the writings of the critics in query. They embraced theories of sentiment and the passions because the epistemological technique of settling on and understanding the transcendental facets of a literary paintings that finally got here to be referred to as aesthetics. by means of tracing the old evolution of the connection among transcendentalism and aesthetics in French and English neoclassical suggestion, Literary figuring out in Neoclassical France offers new and fascinating insights into a massive second in our literary historical past.

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