The Making of the English Literary Canon: From the Middle Ages to the Late Eighteenth Century

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Contents
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 3
PART ONE VERSIONS OF CANONIC HARMONY 21
1 Early Gestures 23
To the Coming of Print26
Dissolution in the Catalogues of Leland and Bale51
Evaluative Communities and Print Audiences64
PART TWO CONSEQUENCES OF PRESENTISM 85
2 Albion's Parnassus and the Professional Author 87
Promoting the Literary System: Classicism and the Problem of Modernity91
Revision in Greene's Vision103
The "Workes" of Benjamin Jonson and the Canonical Text106
Resentment in Drayton's "To My Most Dearely-Loved Friend Henery Reynolds Esquire, of Poets and Poesie"116

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Making of the English Literary Canon - From the Middle Ages to the Late Eighteenth Century *
  • Contents *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Introduction *
  • Part One - Versions of Canonic Harmony *
  • 1 - Early Gestures *
  • Part Two - Consequences of Presentism *
  • 2 - Albion's Parnassus and the Professional Author *
  • 3 - The Uses of the Dead *
  • Part Three - Defining a Cultural Field *
  • 4 - Value into Knowledge *
  • 5 - The Fall of Apollo *
  • Part Four - Consumption and Canonic Hierarchy *
  • 6 - Reading the Canon *
  • 7 - A Basis for Criticism *
  • Epilogue - How Poesy Became Literature *
  • Notes *
  • Index *
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