Sociable Criticism in England, 1625-1725
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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Front Matters Margaret Cavendishs Prefaces and the Margins of Sociable Criticism
Impudence and Polite Conversation Rules for Coterie Discussion and Drydens Essay of Dramatick Poesie
Performing Criticism Villierss The Rehearsal and the Discourse of Friendship
Friends in Christ and Denizens of the Stage Religious Reforms Challenge to Coterie Criticism
Speaking for the Magistrate John Dennis and Critical Regulation
Sociable Criticism into Print Addisons Spectator and the Personality of the Critic
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Seite 38 - Donne Who shall doubt, Donne, where I a poet be, When I dare send my epigrams to thee? That so alone canst judge, so...
Seite 165 - ... be venerable even to such an audience as at present frequents the English theatre. My friend Will Honeycomb commended several tender things that were said, and told me they were very genteel; but whispered me, that he feared the piece was not busy enough for the present taste. To supply this, he recommended to the players to be very careful in their scenes ; and, above all things, that every part should be perfectly new dressed.
Seite 200 - And perhaps the reason why common critics are inclined to prefer a judicious and methodical genius to a great and fruitful one, is, because they find it easier for themselves to pursue their observations through an uniform and bounded walk of art, than to comprehend the vast . and various extent of nn*ure.
Seite 81 - Lord, that he would be pleased to let me have some elegant and learned historian to assist me; which request his Grace would not grant me ; saying, that having never had any assistance in the writing of my former books, I should have no other in the writing of his life, but the informations from himself, and his secretary, of the chief transactions and fortunes occurring in it, to the time he married me.