Download e-book for kindle: Common Sense in Early 18th-Century British Literature and by Christoph Henke

By Christoph Henke

ISBN-10: 3110343355

ISBN-13: 9783110343359

While the preferred speak of English logic within the eighteenth century may appear a spinoff of conventional Enlightenment discourses of rationalism and empiricism, this booklet argues that phrases similar to ‘common feel’ or ‘good experience’ are usually not easily synonyms of utilized cause. to the contrary, the discourse of good judgment is formed via a protective impulse opposed to the totalizing highbrow regimes of the Enlightenment and the cultural weather of swap they advertise, in an effort to comprise the unbounded discursive proliferation of contemporary studying. for this reason, good judgment discourse has an important regulatory functionality in cultural negotiations of political and highbrow swap in eighteenth-century Britain opposed to the backdrop of patriotic nationwide self-concepts. This research discusses early eighteenth-century logic in 4 huge complexes, as to its discursive services that are moral (which at the moment implies aesthetic as well), transgressive (as a corrective), political (in patriotic constructs of the nation), and repressive (of otherness). the choice of texts during this research moves a stability among dominant literary tradition – speedy, Pope, Defoe, Fielding, Johnson – and the outer edge, resembling pamphlets and journal essays, satiric poems and patriotic songs.

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