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Modern antiques : the material past in England, 1660-1780

Author: Barrett Kalter
Publisher: Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; Lanham, Md. : Co-published with Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Group, ©2012.
Series: Transits : literature, thought & culture; Transits (Bucknell University)
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From the publisher. Modern Antiques argues that the reinvention of the past was fundamental to the development of modernity in England during the long eighteenth century. Bringing together the fields of literary criticism, historiography, material culture studies, and book history, Kalter offers new interpretations of Dryden, Gray, and Walpole, showing how these authors appropriated contemporary historical research  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barrett Kalter
ISBN: 9781611483789 1611483786 9781611483796 1611483794
OCLC Number: 729344056
Description: viii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the time bound and the modern antique --
The "Cobweb-law" and the Fundamental law: history, chronology and poetic license --
Chaucer ancient and modern: standardization, modernization, and the eighteenth-century reception of The Canterbury tales --
DIY Gothic: Thomas Gray and the Medieval revival --
Horace Walpole's fugitive pieces: collecting and ephemerality.
Series Title: Transits : literature, thought & culture; Transits (Bucknell University)
Other Titles: Material past in England, 1660-1780
Responsibility: Barrett Kalter.

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From the publisher. Modern Antiques argues that the reinvention of the past was fundamental to the development of modernity in England during the long eighteenth century. Bringing together the fields of literary criticism, historiography, material culture studies, and book history, Kalter offers new interpretations of Dryden, Gray, and Walpole, showing how these authors appropriated contemporary historical research to create nostalgic and ironic alternatives to the present-modern antiques.

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Kalter's consideration of the appreciation of the past in 18th-century England is part of a new series, "Transits," which aims to publish on varied aspects of thought and culture. Kalter (Univ. of Read more...

 
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