The essays in this edited collection look at the role of poetry in the development of Enlightenment ideas. As scholarly disciplines began to emerge – anthropology, linguistics, psychology – the ancient art of poetry was invoked to create new ways of defining and expanding this philosophy of human science.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 General Introduction, Tom Jones, Rowan Boyson; Chapter 1a Introduction to Part I: Poetic Knowledge and the Knowledge of Poetry, Avi Lifschitz; Chapter 2 Samuel Johnson and the ‘Science’ of Literary Criticism, Nicholas Hudson; Chapter 3 Prosody, Knowledge and Humanity in Enlightenment Language Science, Tom Jones; Chapter 4 Ferguson’s School for Literature, Stefan H. Uhlig; Chapter 5 Introduction to Part II: Poetic Theories of the Social Self, Christopher J. Berry; Chapter 6 Hobbes and Davenant: Poetry as Civil Science, Philip Connell; Chapter 7 Facing the Misery of Others: Pity, Pleasure and Tragedy in Scottish Enlightenment Moral Philosophy, Christian Maurer; Chapter 8 Poetical Stoical Shaftesbury, Rowan Boyson; Chapter 9 Morality as a Discourse of the Imagination, Christopher Tilmouth; Chapter 10 Introduction to Part III: Enlightenment and Romantic Poetologies: Poetry and/or Enlightenment, Maureen N. McLane; Chapter 11 James Thomson’s Seasons and the Transformative Potential of Poetry in the Early Scottish Enlightenment, Pierre Carboni; Chapter 12 ‘Furnishing Light’: Wordsworth, Poetry and the Science of Man in Enlightenment Scotland, Catherine Packham; Chapter 13 Wordsworth, Kant, Fanaticism and Humanity, Simon Swift;
Tom Jones, Rowan Boyson