Changing Perspectives in Literature and the Visual Arts, 1650-1820 by Murray RostonChanging Perspectives in Literature and the Visual Arts, 1650-1820 by Murray Roston

Changing Perspectives in Literature and the Visual Arts, 1650-1820

byMurray Roston

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Continuing with the theme of his work Renaissance Perspectives in Literature and the Visual Arts, Murray Roston applies to a later period the same critical principle: that for each generation there exists a central complex of inherited ideas and urgent contemporary concerns to which each creative artist and writer responds in his or her own way. Roston demonstrates that what emerges is not a fixed or monolithic pattern for each generation but a dynamic series of responses to shared challenges. The book relates leading English writers and literary modes to contemporary developments in architecture, painting, and sculpture. "A sumptuous book. . . . Clearly and gracefully written and cogently argued, Roston's admirable achievement is of paramount significance to literary studies, to cultural and art history, and to aesthetics. . . . Outstanding."--Choice

Originally published in 1990.

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Title:Changing Perspectives in Literature and the Visual Arts, 1650-1820Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 14, 2014Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691603049

ISBN - 13:9780691603049

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Table of Contents


  • FrontMatter, pg. i
  • CONTENTS, pg. v
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, pg. vii
  • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS, pg. ix
  • INTRODUCTION, pg. 3
  • 1. MILTON'S HERCULEAN SAMSON, pg. 13
  • 2. DRYDEN'S HEROIC DRAMAS, pg. 41
  • 3. POPE'S EQUIPOISE, pg. 89
  • 4. THE EMERGENCE OF THE NOVEL, pg. 151
  • 5. THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE SUBLIME, pg. 193
  • 6. BLAKE'S INWARD PROPHECY, pg. 255
  • 7. THE "INCONVENIENCE" OF JANE AUSTEN, pg. 311
  • 8. LOWERING SKIES, pg. 339
  • 9. THE CONTEMPLATIVE MODE, pg. 373
  • Notes, pg. 399
  • Index, pg. 441



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