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Title: Canon before Canon, Literature before Literature: Thomas Pope Blount and the Scope of Early Modern Learning
Author(s): Williams, Kelsey Jackson
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Issue Date: Jun-2014
Date Deposited: 16-Sep-2016
Citation: Williams KJ (2014) Canon before Canon, Literature before Literature: Thomas Pope Blount and the Scope of Early Modern Learning. Huntington Library Quarterly, 77 (2), pp. 177-199.;
Abstract: Sir Thomas Pope Blount (1649–1697), an English essayist and country gentleman, published two major literary biobibliographies, Censura celebriorum authorum (1690) and De re poetica (1694). In this essay, Kelsey Jackson Williams discusses the texts within the genre of historia literaria and contemporary understandings of literature. In doing so, he engages with current debates surrounding canon formation and the shifts in disciplinary boundaries that followed in the wake of the Battle of the Books. Early modern canons and definitions of “literature” differed radically from their modern equivalents, and a close reading of Blount’s work offers a window onto this forgotten literary landscape.
DOI Link: 10.1525/hlq.2014.77.2.177
Rights: ©2014 by Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. issn 0018-7895 | e-issn 1544-399x. All rights reserved. For permission to photocopy or reproduce article content, consult the University of California Press Rights and Permissions website, DOI: 10.1525/hlq.2014.77.2.177. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of scholarly citation, none of this work may be reproduced in any form by any means without written permission from the publisher. For information address the University of Pennsylvania Press, 3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4112.

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