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The making of the English literary canon [electronic resource] : from the Middle Ages to the late eighteenth century / Trevor Ross.

By: Ross, Trevor Thornton, 1961-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Montreal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, c1998Description: 1 online resource (x, 400 p.).ISBN: 0773516832; 9780773516830; 9780773520806; 0773520805; 9780773566996 (electronic bk.); 0773566996 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): English poetry -- History and criticism | Canon (Literature) | Po�esie anglaise -- Histoire et critique | Chefs-d'�uvre (Litt�erature) | Canon (Literature) -- History and criticism | English literature -- History and criticism | Criticism -- Great Britain -- History | Letterkunde | Engels | Canon | LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, WelshGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Making of the English literary canon.DDC classification: 821.009 Online resources: EBSCOhost Summary: It is widely accepted among literary scholars that canon-formation began in the eighteenth century when scholarly editions and critical treatments of older works, designed to educate readers about the national literary heritage, appeared for the first time. In The Making of the English Literary Canon Trevor Ross challenges this assumption, arguing that canon-formation was going on well before the eighteenth century but was based on a very different set of literary and cultural values. Covering a period that extends from the Middle Ages to the institutionalization of literature in the eighteenth century, Ross's comprehensive history traces the evolution of cultural attitudes towards literature in English society, highlighting the diverse interests and assumptions that defined and shaped the literary canon.
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It is widely accepted among literary scholars that canon-formation began in the eighteenth century when scholarly editions and critical treatments of older works, designed to educate readers about the national literary heritage, appeared for the first time. In The Making of the English Literary Canon Trevor Ross challenges this assumption, arguing that canon-formation was going on well before the eighteenth century but was based on a very different set of literary and cultural values. Covering a period that extends from the Middle Ages to the institutionalization of literature in the eighteenth century, Ross's comprehensive history traces the evolution of cultural attitudes towards literature in English society, highlighting the diverse interests and assumptions that defined and shaped the literary canon.

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The making of the English literary canon by Ross, Trevor Thornton, ©1998
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