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Jill Kowalik reevaluates J. J. Breitinger's Critische Dichtkunst (1740) with regard to a heretofore neglected aspect of aesthetics in the early eighteenth century, namely how poesis and historiography could increasingly come to resemble each other in their assumptions, purposes, and methods of representation. The central argument states that historians of this period began to utilize the concept of historical perspectivism only after its development as an interpretive tool by the aesthetic thinkers of the early Enlightenment. The Critische Dichtkunst is examined in terms of three disparate traditions: the modern reception of Aristotle's Poetics, Horace's Ars poetica, and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns the model of consciousness proposed by Leibniz that describes the mind as a ceaseless process of historical intellective integration and the German reception of French neoclassical authors, especially Dubos, whose notion of historical probability was radicalized by Breitinger and later appropriated by poets and historians alike.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title
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  1. Series Note
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. A Note on Orthography
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  1. Poetics of Historical Perspectivism: Breitinger’s Critische Dichtkunst and the Neoclassic Tradition
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Ut pictura poesis
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  1. 2. Poetic Production and Breitinger’s Notion of Possible Worlds
  2. pp. 37-61
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  1. 3. Poetic Reception and la vraisemblance historique
  2. pp. 62-86
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  1. 4. Perspectivism after Breitinger
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469656632
Related ISBN
9781469656625
MARC Record
OCLC
1155207873
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-05
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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