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The skeptical sublime : aesthetic ideology in Pope and the Tory satirists

Author: James Noggle
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
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This book argues that philosophical skepticism helps define the aesthetic experience of the sublime in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature, especially the poetry of Alexander Pope. Skeptical doubt appears in the period as an astonishing force in discourse that cannot be controlled--""doubt's boundless Sea, "" in Rochester's words--and as such is consistently seen as affiliated with the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Alexander Pope; Alexander Pope
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Noggle
ISBN: 1280481749 9781280481741 0195349571 1602564418 9781602564411 9780195349573
OCLC Number: 1043082559
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (284 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction: The Skeptical Sublime-Aesthetic Ideology in Pope and the Tory Satirists; 2. The Abyss of Reason: Rochester, Dryden, and the Skeptical Origins of Sublimity; 3. Civil Enthusiasm in A Tale of a Tub; 4. The Public Universe: An Essay on Man and the Limits of the Sublime Tradition; 5. Pope's Imitations of Horace and the Authority of Inconsistency; 6. Knowing Ridicule and Skeptical Reflection in the Moral Essays; 7. Modernity and the Skeptical Sublime in the Final Dunciad; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; W; Y; Z.
Responsibility: James Noggle.

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This book argues that philosophical skepticism helps define the aesthetic experience of the sublime in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British literature, especially the poetry of Alexander Pope. Skeptical doubt appears in the period as an astonishing force in discourse that cannot be controlled--""doubt's boundless Sea, "" in Rochester's words--and as such is consistently seen as affiliated with the sublime, itself emerging as an important way to conceive of excessive power in rhetoric, nature, psychology, religion, and politics. This view of skepticism as a force affecting discourse.

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