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Against Finality: Inaugural Lecture, Delivered 4th February 1993
     

Against Finality: Inaugural Lecture, Delivered 4th February 1993

by John Beer
 

Since the rise of scientific thinking in the seventeenth century the role of the imagination in literature has been a matter for debate. Is it an essential resource, or a treacherous purveyor of illusions? In this lecture Professor Beer suggests that one result of this uncertainty has been to set up a divison (which continues to pervade literary enterprises)

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Since the rise of scientific thinking in the seventeenth century the role of the imagination in literature has been a matter for debate. Is it an essential resource, or a treacherous purveyor of illusions? In this lecture Professor Beer suggests that one result of this uncertainty has been to set up a divison (which continues to pervade literary enterprises) between imaginative flights on the one hand and the "weighing of words" on the other. His examples are drawn from a wide range of writers, including Johnson, Dickens, Hopkins, Woolf and Wordsworth.

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ISBN-13:
9780521459549
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Pages:
52
Product dimensions:
4.84(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.12(d)

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