Poetry and the Making of the English Literary Past, 1660-1781

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This book explores how the English literary past was made. It charts how antiquarians unearthed the raw materials of the English (or more widely) British tradition; how scholars drafted narratives about the development of native literature; and how critics assigned the leading writers to canons of literary greatness.

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Contents

Making an English Canon
35
Authorial Dictionaries and the Cult of Fame
63
The Canon of PreChaucerian Poetry
93
Dryden and the Idea of a Literary Tradition
142
Teaching English Literature
169
Johnsons Lives of the Poets
216
Making the Female Canon
252
The Division of the Estate
286
Appendices
324
Index
345
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Richard Terry is Reader in Eighteenth-Century English Literature, University of Sunderland

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