Reconcilable Differences in Eighteenth-century English Literature

Reconcilable Differences in Eighteenth-century English Literature

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qThe authors whose work Piper examines in this book might be understood nowadays as having a theoretical concern. Swift's Travels, Gay's Trivia, and Pope's Essay on Man are responses - or so Piper argues - to the question: What if nature is, as George Berkeley has asserted, strictly perceptual? Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho and Austen's Emma emerge from an intensification of the same question: What if, not only nature, but the people who inhabit nature, are also, as David Hume has asserted, strictly perceptual? Can we understand a strictly perceptual world? Can we - or how can we - live here?q qIn this book Piper thus examines major works by Swift, Gay, Pope, Radcliffe, and Austen with the awareness of perceptualism that they must have possessed and describes the connections between their works and this philosophy.q--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights ReservedBefore actually making comparisons and thus testing my general definitions against the particulars of Gullivera#39;s account ... for such a formulation as aquot; wonderfulaquot; or aquot;gentleaquot; yahoo; and that Keesey would substitute something like aquot; odiousaquot; yahoo. ... Consider, again, Gullivera#39;s refusal to wear any of Pedro de 76 2 : Swifta#39;s Satires.

Title:Reconcilable Differences in Eighteenth-century English Literature
Author:William Bowman Piper
Publisher:University of Delaware Press - 1999


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