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Making the English Canon

Print-Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700–1770

Making the English Canon by Jonathan Brody Kramnick
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Jonathan Brody Kramnick's book examines the formation of the English canon over the first two-thirds of the eighteenth century. Kramnick details how the idea of literary tradition emerged out of a prolonged engagement with the institutions of cultural modernity, from the public sphere and national identity to capitalism and the print market. Looking at a wide variety of eighteenth-century critical writing, he analyses the tensions that inhabited the categories of national literature and public culture at the moment of their emergence.
Cambridge University Press; January 1999
297 pages; ISBN 9780511036323
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Title: Making the English Canon
Author: Jonathan Brody Kramnick