Making the English Canon: Print-Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700-1770

Making the English Canon: Print-Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700-1770

by Jonathan Brody Kramnick


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Jonathan Brody Kramnick's book examines the formation of the English canon over the first two-thirds of the eighteenth century. Kramnick details how the idea of literary tradition emerged out of a prolonged engagement with the institutions of cultural modernity, from the public sphere and national identity to capitalism and the print market. Looking at a wide variety of eighteenth-century critical writing, he analyzes the tensions that inhabited the categories of national literature and public culture at the moment of their emergence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521065924
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/19/2008
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the modernity of the past; Part I: 1. The structural transformation of literary history; 2. The mode of consecration: between aesthetics and historicism. Part II: 3. Novel to Lyric: Shakespeare in the field of culture, 1752-1754; 4. The cultural logic of late feudalism: or, Spenser and the romance of scholarship, 1754-1762; Part III. 5. Shakespeare's nation: the literary profession and the 'shades of ages'; Afterword: the present crisis.

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