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

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Andrew Ashfield, Peter de Bolla
Cambridge University Press, Aug 15, 1996 - Literary Criticism
This collection of texts on the Sublime provides the historical context for the foundation and discussion of one of the most important aesthetic debates of the Enlightenment. The significance of the Sublime in the eighteenth century ranged across a number of fields - literary criticism, empirical psychology, political economy, connoisseurship, landscape design and aesthetics, painting and the fine arts, and moral philosophy - and has continued to animate aesthetic and theoretical debates to this day. However, the unavailability of many of the crucial texts of the founding tradition has resulted in a conception of the Sublime often limited to the definitions of its most famous theorist Edmund Burke. Andrew Ashfield and Peter de Bolla's anthology, which includes an introduction and notes to each entry, offers students and scholars ready access to a much deeper and more complex tradition of writings on the Sublime, many of them never before printed in modern editions.

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The Longinian tradition
Rhapsody to rhetoric
Irish Perspectives
The Aberdonian Enlightenment
Edinburgh and Glasgow
From the Picturesque to the Political
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