The Province of Literary History

The Province of Literary History

The Province of Literary History

The Province of Literary History

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This book, the first in a series of monographs in literary history to be issued by The Johns Hopkins Press, is designed to introduce some of the general ideas underlying the series. Later volumes, presenting the results of research in the English Seminary of The Johns Hopkins University or similar studies from other sources, will be devoted to various special problems in literary history. They will be compact in form, as readable as the nature of their special subjects will permit, and while fully documented, will endeavor to keep the scaffolding used in the process of construction as unobtrusive as possible. To this end, notes and commentary and other illustrative material will be put at the end of the volume, not in foot-notes. Thus readers will be able to come at once to the interpretation which is the object of each volume, but will also be supplied with the documentary material for consultation in case of need and with suggestions for following out subjects not fully treated.

The underlying conceptions governing the series are as follows:

First, that literary history is a learning, having its own method, its own right to exist among the learnings, and having, also, important relations to the history of culture on the one hand and to literary criticism on the other.

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