First published in 1962, Reason and Imagination presents collection of fourteen essays dedicated to Marjorie Hope Nicholson and is divided equally between works of her colleagues and of her former students. It contains themes like noble numbers and poetry of devotion, Cromwell as Davidic King, the isolation of the renaissances hero, Milton’s dialogue on Astronomy, music, mirth and galenic traditions in England, the Augustan conception of history, Locke and Sterne, and literary criticism and artistic interpretation, to weave a narrative of the history of ideas in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. This book will be an essential read for scholars and researchers of literary history, philosophy, comparative literature, and English literature in general.
Table of Contents
Foreword 1. Noble Numbers and the Poetry of Devotion Miriam K. Starkman 2. Cromwell as Davidic King J.A. Mazzeo 3. The Isolation of the Renaissance Hero Douglas Bush 4. The Humanistic Defence of Learning in the Mid-Seventeenth Century R.F. Jones 5. Some Paradoxes in the Language of Things R.L. Colie 6. Milton’s Dialogue on Astronomy Arthur O. Lovejoy 7. Music, Mirth, and Galenic Tradition in England Gretchen Ludke Finney 8. Eve and Dalila: Renovation and the Hardening of the Heart Mary Ann Nevins Radzinowicz 9. The Bird, The Blind Bard, and The Fortunate Fall Anne Davidson Ferry 10. The Tragedy of God’s Englishman William Haller 11. The Augustan Conception of History Herbert Davis 12. The Houyhnhnms, The Yahoos, and The History of Ideas R. S. Crane 13. Locke and Sterne Ernest Tuveson 14. Literary Criticism and Artistic Interpretation: Eighteenth-Century English Illustrations of ‘The Seasons’ Ralph Cohen Bibliographical Afterword Index
Joseph Anthony Mazzeo