The Baroque in English Neoclassical Literature

Synopsis

"In this wide-ranging study, J. Douglas Canfield contends that baroque disruption persists even as English literature becomes more neoclassical. It pops up in the strangest places. It twists forms and meanings. From paradoxical, mysterious moments in Paradise Lost, amazing metaphorics in Cavendish and Philips, momentous materializations in Waller and Dorset, and revealing displacements in Buckingham and Rochester to outrageous attack in Dryden and Pope, astonishing ventriloquizing in Killigrew and Finch and Montagu, and eccentricity and grotesquerie in Gulliver's Travels - the baroque comes back to disturb neoclassical regularity." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved