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Figures of memory : from the muses to eighteenth-century British aesthetics

Author: Zsolt Komáromy
Publisher: Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press : Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, ©2011.
Series: Transits (Bucknell University)
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This book effects a rapprochement between memory studies and eighteenth-century aesthetics with the aim of modifying received views on the role and fate of memory in the history of criticism. It argues that the philosophical problems characterizing conceptualizations of memory unsettle its opposition to the imagination and explain its relation to literary discourse. Moving from the Muses through Plato and Descartes  Read more...
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Komáromy, Zsolt.
Figures of memory
(DLC) 2011011426
(OCoLC)698328020
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Zsolt Komáromy
ISBN: 9781611480450 1611480450
OCLC Number: 887803352
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 225 pages).
Contents: Figures OfMemory ; CONTENTS; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Reproductive-Productive Dichotomyand Beyond; PARTONE : On Notions of Memory; 1 Memory/Imagination: The Representational Model; 2 Conceptual Cruxes: Plato and the Aporia of Memory; i. "Ridiculous Birdcages or Waxen Slabs":Figures of Representational Memory; ii. Plato and the Muses: Self-Validating Memory; iii. The Function of Cruxes: Memory Validating theImagination; 3 Mnemonic Practice: The Constructive Model; i. Mnemonic Discourse; ii. Constructive Memory; PART TWO:Figures of Memory in Eighteenth-Century British Aesthetics. 4 Mixing Tracesi. Descartes and Memory's Fluid Motions; ii. Pope's Melting Wax; 5 Mnemonic Imagination; i. Violent Spirits: Addison's Cartesian Concerns; ii. Analogous Exertions: Gerard and Associationism as aFigure of Memory; Memory and Imagination in the Theory of Association; Memory as the Model of Imagination in Gerard'sEssay on Genius; iii. Using the Legacy of the Muses: Kames and Vivacity as aFigure of Memory; The "Vivacity" of Memory and Imagination; The "Complete Idea of Memory" in Kames's Elementsof Criticism; iv. Conclusion; Works Cited; Index; About the Author.
Series Title: Transits (Bucknell University)
Responsibility: Zsolt Komáromy.

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This book effects a rapprochement between memory studies and eighteenth-century aesthetics with the aim of modifying received views on the role and fate of memory in the history of criticism. It argues that the philosophical problems characterizing conceptualizations of memory unsettle its opposition to the imagination and explain its relation to literary discourse. Moving from the Muses through Plato and Descartes to works by Pope, Addison, Gerard, and Kames, the book traces these problems through various ''figures'' representing notions of memory, and claims that eighteenth-century critical.

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