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Anecdotes of Enlightenment : human nature from Locke to Wordsworth

Author: James Robert Wood
Publisher: Charlottesville ; London : University of Virginia Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English
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"This volume is both a formal study of the anecdote's properties and possibilities and an inquiry into the anecdote's intellectual function in Enlightenment culture. The author contends that anecdotes acted in Enlightenment writing as mediators between the incidents of human life and the laws of human nature, connecting the abstractions of philosophical reflection with lived experience. Successive chapters take a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Robert Wood
ISBN: 9780813942209 0813942209
OCLC Number: 1057290964
Notes: Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--Stanford University, 2012, titled Anecdote and enlightenment, 1700-1800 .
Description: xv, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Anecdotal experiments --
Hume and the laws of anecdote --
Anecdotes in the wake of the Endeavor --
Anecdotal poetics in Lyrical Ballads.
Other Titles: Anecdote and enlightenment, 1700-1800
Responsibility: James Robert Wood.

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Provides a literary history of the anecdote in English. Drawing on extensive archival research and emphasizing the anecdote as a way of thinking, James Robert Wood shows that an intimate relationship  Read more...

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Absolutely wonderful. Anecdotes of Enlightenment is a very valuable contribution to eighteenth-century British literary studies.--Jenny Davidson, Columbia University, author of Reading Jane Austen Read more...

 
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