Probability and Literary Form: Philosophic Theory and Literary Practice in the Augustan Age by Douglas Lane PateyProbability and Literary Form: Philosophic Theory and Literary Practice in the Augustan Age by Douglas Lane Patey

Probability and Literary Form: Philosophic Theory and Literary Practice in the Augustan Age

byDouglas Lane Patey

Paperback | February 4, 2010

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This highly original and penetrating study explores fundamental intellectual predispositions and concepts which underpin the literature and thought of the Augustan period in England. By examining in particular Augustan notions of probability and the way they provided a framework for thinking about and organising experience, Dr Patey reconstructs a characteristically eighteenth-century theory of literature which offers a much more satisfactory account of the work of Pope, Johnson, Fielding and others than the Romantic literary categories already in existence. The scope of this study is encyclopaedic and it will be an essential reference work for all scholars of eighteenth-century English literature and intellectual history, as well as historians of ideas.
Title:Probability and Literary Form: Philosophic Theory and Literary Practice in the Augustan AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.87 inPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521128722

ISBN - 13:9780521128728

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Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Stages in the History of the Idea of Probability: 1. From rhetoric to science; 2. Probability and signs: reasoning from effect to cause; Part II. Probability in Augustan Literary Criticism: 3. Vraisemblance, probability and opinion; 4. The literary work as a hierarchy of probable signs; 5. The role of probability in Augustan theories of imitation; Part III. Probability and the Meaning of Augustan Narrative: 6. Probability and literary form; 7. The conditions of knowing in Augustan fiction; 8. Sentimental communion and probable inference: Mackenzie and Sterne; 9. Association, reverie and the decline of hierarchy; Concluding theoretical postscript; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.