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

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Paperback 296 Pages / Published: 19/06/2008
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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 analyses the tensions that inhabited the categories of national literature and public culture at the moment of their emergence.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521065924
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'While the rise of the English canon has been a topic of continuous and fraught interest over the past couple of decades Jonathan Kramnick offers the most coherent and detailed discussion of what is arguably its crucial historical moment: the middle decades of the eighteenth century. Kramnick's discussion of how Shakespeare and Spenser became the first English 'classics' will itself become classic. Making the English Canon is not simply a monograph on eighteenth-century literary aesthetics, it is a singularly powerful and authoritative contribution to perhaps the most important discussion going on in the literary humanities today.' Terry Castle
"Making the English Canon is not simply a monograph on eighteenth-century literary aesthetics, it is a singularly powerful and authoritative contribution to perhaps the most important discussion going on in the literary humanities today." Terry Castle, Stanford University
"The scope of this impressive first book is narrower than its title suggests...It accomplishes much, primarily by paying intelligent attention to a relatively neglected and pivotal twenty-year period in English criticism and by enganging important questions thoughtfully. Kramnick has begun to map some significant critical networks and fault lines in the eighteenth century. He does so with a combination of theoretical sophistication and investment that bodes well for his further explorations." Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"Kramnick's book addresses worthwhile questions and challenging problems...The footnote citations constitute an extraordinarily rich and immensely convenient compendium of recent secondary materials." The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual

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