Making the English Canon: Print-Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700-1770 by Jonathan Brody KramnickMaking the English Canon: Print-Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700-1770 by Jonathan Brody Kramnick

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

byJonathan Brody Kramnick

Paperback | June 19, 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 analyzes the tensions that inhabited the categories of national literature and public culture at the moment of their emergence.
Title:Making the English Canon: Print-Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700-1770Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:June 19, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521065925

ISBN - 13:9780521065924

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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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"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