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

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Andrew Ashfield, Peter de Bolla
Cambridge University Press, 15. 8. 1996 - 314 strán (strany)
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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List of Abbreviations Introduction
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The Longinian tradition
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from Dionysius Longinus on the sublime 1743
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John Dennis from Remarks on a book entitled Prince Arthur 1696
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John Dennis from The advancement and reformation of modern poetry 1701
32
John Dennis from The grounds of criticism in poetry 1704
35
Sir Richard Blackmore from Essays upon several subjects 1716
40
Tamworth Reresby from A miscellany of ingenious thoughts 1721
43
The Aberdonian Enlightenment
157
Thomas Blackwell from An enquiry into the life and writings of Homer
163
a dialogue concerning the art of
166
Alexander Gerard from An essay on taste 1759
168
William Duff from An essay on original genius 1767
173
Thomas Reid from Essays on the intellectual powers of man 1785
178
James Beattie from Dissertations moral and critical 1783
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Edinburgh and Glasgow
195

Jonathan Richardson the elder from An essay on the theory of painting 1725
45
Thomas Stackhouse from Reflections on the nature and property of languages London 1731
49
Hildebrand Jacob from The works 1735
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Joseph Trapp from Lectures on poetry 1742
55
Rhapsody to rhetoric
57
Joseph Addison from The spectator 17121714
62
Joseph Addison from A discourse on ancient and modern learning 1734
70
Anthony Ashley Cooper Third Earl of Shaftesbury from Characteristicks 1714
72
Henry Needler from The works 1724
80
Mark Akenside from To David Fordyce 18th June 1742
84
Mark Akenside from The pleasures of imagination 1744
86
John Baillie An essay on the sublime 1747
87
David Hartley from Observations on man 1749
101
Robert Lowth from Lectures on the sacred poetry of the Hebrews 17531787
106
Samuel Johnson from A dictionary of the English language 1755
111
Edward Young from Conjectures on original composition 1759
113
James Burgh from The art of speaking 1761
116
Joseph Priestley from A course of lectures on oratory and criticism 1777
119
Frances Reynolds from An enquiry concerning the principles of taste 1785
124
Irish Perspectives
127
Edmund Burke from A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas
131
John Lawson from Lectures concerning oratory 1758
144
or a discourse on taste 1769
147
David Hume from A treatise of human nature 173940
199
Hugh Blair from A critical dissertation on the poems of Ossian 1763
207
Hugh Blair from Lectures on rhetoric and belles lettres 1783
213
Henry Home Lord Kames from Elements of criticism 1765
224
Adam Smith from Essays on philosophical subjects 17581795
233
Adam Smith from The theory of moral sentiments 17591790
244
Adam Ferguson from An essay on the history of civil society 1767
253
From the Picturesque to the Political
263
Sir William Chambers from A dissertation on oriental gardening 1772
268
Uvedale Price from An essay on the picturesque 1794
271
William Marshall from A review of The landscape 1795
276
William Godwin from The history of the life of William Pitt 278 44 William Godwin from The history of the life of William Pitt Earl of Chatham 17...
278
William Godwin from Enquiry concerning political justice 1798
280
Edmund Burke from Reflections on the revolution in France 1790
286
Edmund Burke from A letter from the right honourable Edmund Burke
292
Mary Wollstonecraft from A vindication of the rights of man 1790
294
Helen Maria Williams from Letters written in France 1790
300
Helen Maria Williams from A tour in Switzerland 1798
303
Sources and further reading
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