Anecdotes of Enlightenment: Human Nature from Locke to Wordsworth (Hardback)James Robert Wood (author)
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Anecdotes of Enlightenment features careful readings of the philosophy of John Locke and David Hume; the periodical essays of Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, and Eliza Haywood; the travel narratives of Joseph Banks, James Cook, and James Boswell; the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth; and Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy. Written in an engaging style and spotlighting the eccentric aspects of Enlightenment thought, this fascinating book will appeal to historians, philosophers, and literary critics interested in the intellectual culture of the long eighteenth century.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"An ambitious exploration of the generic status, purpose, and consumption of the anecdote in the Enlightenment, covering five major fields of inquiry: philosophy, scientific experiment, journals of voyagers, periodical literature, and the poetry of the Lyrical Ballads. Although the anecdote is a topic that has preoccupied scholars since the onset of New Historicism, James Wood has refreshed the discussion in a manner that will appeal to younger academics intrigued by the fluidities of Epicurean materialism. Wood's argument is as extensive as it is polished."--Jonathan Lamb, Vanderbilt University, author of Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery
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