2nd Edition

The Eighteenth Century
The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature 1700-1789

ISBN 9780582219267
Published November 21, 1993 by Routledge
356 Pages

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Book Description

This is an impressive and lucid survey of eighteenth-century intellectual life, providing a real sense of the complexity of the age and of the cultural and intellectual climate in which imaginative literature flourished. It reflects on some of the dominant themes of the period, arguing against such labels as 'Augustan Age', 'Age of Enlightenment' and 'Age of Reason', which have been attached to the eighteenth-century by critics and historians.

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Science  2. Religious Idea  3. Philosophy  4. Politics and History  5. Aesthetics  6. Visual Arts  7. Models  8. Conclusion  Chronology  Bibliographies  Individual Authors   Notes on biography, major works and suggested further reading   Index

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