Between the Ancients and Moderns: Baroque Culture in Restoration England

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The quarrel between the ancients and the moderns was an old dispute when it was resumed with special ferocity in the later seventeenth century as writers and artists, their friends and patrons, debated how far to risk the freedom to innovate. In this book Joseph M. Levine argues that it was this tension that gave unity to the cultural life of the period and helped define its baroque character. He also asserts that, contrary to public opinion, neither side won - even as modern superiority was being proclaimed in ...
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Overview

The quarrel between the ancients and the moderns was an old dispute when it was resumed with special ferocity in the later seventeenth century as writers and artists, their friends and patrons, debated how far to risk the freedom to innovate. In this book Joseph M. Levine argues that it was this tension that gave unity to the cultural life of the period and helped define its baroque character. He also asserts that, contrary to public opinion, neither side won - even as modern superiority was being proclaimed in philosophy and the sciences, the precedence of the ancients was being reaffirmed in literature and the arts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300079142
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Introduction
Acknowledgements
Pt. I John Evelyn and the Two Cultures
Ch. 1 John Evelyn and the Education of Antiquity 3
Ch. 2 Evelyn between the Ancients and the Moderns 23
Pt. II John Dryden between the Ancients and the Moderns
Ch. 3 Dryden and the Moderns 35
Ch. 4 Dryden and the Ancients 53
Ch. 5 Dryden and the Battle of the Books 77
Ch. 6 Dryden's Virgil and the Triumph of Antiquity 96
Pt. III France and England: The Sieur de Saint-Evremond
Ch. 7 Saint-Evremond and the Moderns 113
Ch. 8 Saint-Evremond, Dryden and the Opera 128
Ch. 9 Saint-Evremond in England 140
Pt. IV Christopher Wren and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns
Ch. 10 Restoration Architecture and the Young Christopher Wren 161
Ch. 11 Restoration Architecture between the Ancients and the Moderns 182
Notes 210
Index 271
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