The Skeptical Sublime

The Skeptical Sublime : Aesthetics Ideology in Pope and the Tory Satirists

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This book examines the role of scepticism in initiating the idea of the sublime in early modern British literature. James Noggle draws on philosophy, intellectual history, and critical theory to illuminate the aesthetic ideology of Pope, Swift, Dryden, and Rochester among other important writers of the period. The Skeptical Sublime compares the view of sublimity presented by these authors with that of the dominant, liberal tradition of eighteenth-century criticism to offer a new understanding of how these writers helped construct proto-aesthetic categories that stabilized British culture after years of civil war and revolution, while at the same time their scepticism allowed them to express ambivalence about the emerging social more

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  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 161.5 x 243.3 x 24.4mm | 580.61g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195142454
  • 9780195142457

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The importance of James Noggle's fine study lies both in its challenge to our expectations of where we are likely to encounter the sublime, and in its realignment of the trope's philosophical affiliations ... This study ends with a compelling discussion of the final Dunciad. * Kelly Grovier, Times Literary Supplement *show more

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