Studies in Criticism

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byFlorence Trail

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1888. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A Foolish prejudice, transmitted from the English, who from time immemorial have been keenly jealous of Gallic renown, has given rise among us to a general impression that the Literature of such a people as the French must be rather frivolous and unmeaning; exciting and highly wrought, perhaps, but of no real depth and of very ineffectual influence. To those who have had such thoughts it may seem strange to assert that all who have made a special study of the subject concur in declaring that it is the privilege of the French mind to be, more than any other, the expression of the human mind, that it has more of the special qualities, more of the good sense and general ideas that are common to man as man than any typical mind recognized in History. It is to be feared that the mode of teaching the Language and Literature of France in our Schools and Colleges has not been conducive to the comprehension of their truly cosmopolitan character and just claims to universality. As Greek was once the common speech of the cultivated world, so is French to-day. As Greek could never have played such a rble if it had not had intellectual power behind it, neither can French have attained the rank it now holds devoid of the spirit claimed for it. And it is especially, if not solely, in its Literature that the French mind has shown itself unrivalled. The French have not solved the problems of Politics; they have not sounded the depths of Art in any of her forms; they have not scaled the heights of Religion; they have walked with uneven steps in the highways of Philosophy. Let all this be granted: when we ask what they have done, we find that "in depicting humanity rather than the man of a century or a country, in seeking absolute and eternal truth rather than local and passing tr...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1888. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A Foolish prejudice, transmitted from the English, who from time immemorial have been keenly jealous of Gallic renown, has given rise...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217057284

ISBN - 13:9780217057288

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