Probability and Literary Form

Probability and Literary Form

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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.Best known of such vehicles is of course the essay, a form popularized by French skeptics; here, we are told, opinion ... But the very example of the scientific essay should make us wary of any easy assumption that in the Augustan period, anbsp;...

Title:Probability and Literary Form
Author: Douglas Lane Patey
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1984-04-12

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