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Convention, 1500–1750

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ISBN 9780674431393

Publication Date: 07/16/1980

355 pages


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  • Introduction
  • I. Art, Nature, and Convention
    • 1. Art, Nature, and Convention
    • 2. Art and Nature in Antiquity
    • 3. Art and Convention in Antiquity
    • 4. The Medieval Redefinition
  • II. Convention in the Sixteenth Century
    • 1. The “Duble Name” of Custom: The Reformation Attack on Convention
    • 2. “Use Becomes Another Nature”: Custom in Sixteenth-Century Politics and Law
    • 3. A World on Wheels: Convention in Sixteenth-Century Moral Philosophy
    • 4. Neo-Stoic and Baconian Nature: Seventeenth-Century Prospects
  • III. Convention and the Sixteenth-Century Arts of Speech
    • 1. The Possibilities of Discourse: Renaissance Logic, Rhetoric, and Poetics
    • 2. “Conveniency to Nature” and the “Secretes of Privitie”: Nature and Convention in Defense of Poetry
    • 3. The Artlessness of Art: Convention in Renaissance Poetics
    • 4. “The Separation of Opinions”: The Role of Convention in Criticism and Controversy
  • IV. Contextualism and the Role of Convention in Historiography
    • 1. Historical Rhetoric and Historical Explanation
    • 2. The Emergence of Historical Consciousness
    • 3. “A Genius of Times”: The Contexts of Historical Periods
    • 4. “A Passable Contexture”: Convention and the Practice of Contextualism
  • V. The Triumph of Convention
    • 1. “A Latitude of Sense”: Testing for Truth
    • 2. Real and Mental Theater: The Complex of Classicism
    • 3. “Betwixt Two Ages Cast”: Dryden’s Criticism
    • 4. “These Broken Ends”: Ancients, Moderns, and Modernity
  • Index

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