The Challenge of Periodization: Old Paradigms and New Perspectives

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  • Copyright: 1996-08-01
  • Publisher: Routledge
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In these essays some of today's leading literary scholars and cultural critics re-examine major writers, genres, and themes in relation to their traditional period affiliations. The essays cover a broad range of writers and periods from the Middle Ages to the present, grouped in two main areas: Chaucer and Medieval and Renaissance studies (Larry D. Benson, Heiko A. Oberman, Lee Patterson, and Aldo Scaglione), and English and American literary history (Sanford Budick, H. M. Daleski, Denis Donoghue, Robert J. Griffin, Geoffrey Hartman, J. Hillis Miller, Jerome McGann, and Helen Vendler). In addition to shedding new light on a specific author, each essay also refines or reinvigorates critical approaches to specific periods. The analyses illuminate and clarify our understanding of what are traditionally but problematically called the Medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern eras in European cultural history.

Table of Contents

The Challenge of Periodization: Old Paradigms and New Perspectivesp. 3
The Beginnings of Chaucer's English Stylep. 29
The Place of the Modern in the Late Middle Agesp. 51
Reuchlin and the Jews: Obstacles on the Path to Emancipationp. 67
The Periodization of the Renaissance and the Question of Mannerismp. 95
Counter-Periodization and Chiasmus: The Case of Wordsworth and "the days of Dryden and Pope"p. 107
A Critique of Romantic Periodizationp. 133
A Project for the Sunp. 147
Rethinking Romanticismp. 161
Thomas Hardy: A Victorian Modernist?p. 179
Reading and Periodization: Wallace Stevens' "The Idea of Order at Key West"p. 197
Is There a Perennial Literature?p. 217
Periodizing Modern American Poetryp. 233
List of Contributorsp. 245
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