Sociable Criticism in England, 1625-1725

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University of Delaware Press, 2007 - 233 Seiten
Sociable Criticism in England explores how from 1625 to 1725 cultural practices and discourses of sociability (rules for small-group discussion, friendship discourse, and patron-client relationships) determined the venues within which critical judgments were rendered, disseminated, and received. It establishes how individuals operating in small groups were authorized to circulate critical judgments and commentary, why certain modes of critical exchange were treated as beyond the ken of good social manners, and how such expectations were subverted or manipulated to avoid the imputation that individuals had violated the standards for offering public criticism. Philips, George Villiers, John Dryden, Lady Margaret Cavendish, John Dennis, and Joseph Addison, this study argues that seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century criticism could circulate either orally, in manuscript, or in print so long as it appeared to originate in interpersonal encounters considered appropriate to critical discussion.

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Critical Commonplaces Manuscript Production and Sociable Critical Judgment
22
Katherine Philips and Her Circle Coterie Critics
43
Front Matters Margaret Cavendishs Prefaces and the Margins of Sociable Criticism
64
Impudence and Polite Conversation Rules for Coterie Discussion and Drydens Essay of Dramatick Poesie
83
Performing Criticism Villierss The Rehearsal and the Discourse of Friendship
101
Friends in Christ and Denizens of the Stage Religious Reforms Challenge to Coterie Criticism
119
Speaking for the Magistrate John Dennis and Critical Regulation
138
Sociable Criticism into Print Addisons Spectator and the Personality of the Critic
156
Notes
177
Bibliography
203
Index
225
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