The Sublime: A Reader in British Eighteenth-Century Aesthetic Theory

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The unavailability of many crucial early texts has resulted in a conception of the Sublime often limited to the definitions of its most famous theorist, Edmund Burke. This anthology offers students and scholars ready access to a deep and complex tradition of writing.
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Overview

The unavailability of many crucial early texts has resulted in a conception of the Sublime often limited to the definitions of its most famous theorist, Edmund Burke. This anthology offers students and scholars ready access to a deep and complex tradition of writing.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521395458
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 From Dionysius Longinus on the sublime (1743) 22
2 From Remarks on a book entitled, Prince Arthur (1696) 30
3 Fom The advancement and reformation of modern poetry (1701) 32
4 From The grounds of criticism in poetry (1704) 35
5 From Essays upon several subjects (1716) 40
6 From A miscellany of ingenious thought (1721) 43
7 From An essay on the theory of painting (1725) 45
8 From Reflections on the nature and property of languages (London 1731) 49
9 From The works (1735) 53
10 From Lectures on poetry (1742) 55
11 From The spectator, (1712-1714) 62
12 From A discourse on ancient and modern learning (1734) 70
13 From Characteristicks (1714) 72
14 From The works (1724) 80
15 From To David Fordyce, 18th June 1742 84
16 From The pleasures of imagination (1744) 86
17 An essay on the sublime (1747) 87
18 From Observations on man (1749) 101
19 From Lectures on the sacred poetry of the Hebrews (1787) 106
20 From A dictionary of the English language (1755) 111
21 From Conjectures on original composition (1759) 113
22 From The art of speaking (1761) 116
23 From A course of lectures oratory and criticism (1777) 119
24 From An enquiry concerning the principles of taste (1785) 124
25 From A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful (1759) 131
26 From Lectures concerning oratory (1758) 144
27 From Clio: or, a discourse on taste (1769) 147
28 From An enquiry into the life and writings of Homer (1735) 163
29 From Theodorus: a dialogue concerning the art of preaching (1752) 166
30 From An essay on taste (1759) 168
31 From An essay on original genius (1767) 173
32 From Essays on the intellectuals powers of man (1785) 178
33 From Dissertations moral and critical (1783) 180
34 From A treatise of human nature (1739-40) 199
35 From A critical dissertation on the poems of Ossian (1763) 207
36 From Lectures on rhetoric and belles lettres (1783) 213
37 From Elements of criticism (1765) 224
38 From Essays on philosophical subjects (1758/1795) 233
39 From The theory of moral sentiments (1759/1790) 244
40 From An essay on the history of civil society (1767) 253
41 From A dissertation on oriental gardening (1772) 268
42 From An essay on the picturesque (1794) 271
43 From A review of The landscape (1795) 276
44 From The history of the life of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham (1783) 278
45 From Enquiry concerning political justice (1798) 280
46 From Reflections on the revolution in France (1790) 286
47 From A letter from the right honourable Edmund Burke to a noble lord (1796) 292
48 From A vindication of the rights of man (1790) 294
49 From Letters written in France (1790) 300
50 From A tour in Switzerland (1798) 303
Sources and further reading 307
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