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The Resource Literature and encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain : the pursuit of complete knowledge, Seth Rudy, Assistant Professor, Rhodes College, USA

Literature and encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain : the pursuit of complete knowledge, Seth Rudy, Assistant Professor, Rhodes College, USA

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Literature and encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain : the pursuit of complete knowledge
Title
Literature and encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain
Title remainder
the pursuit of complete knowledge
Statement of responsibility
Seth Rudy, Assistant Professor, Rhodes College, USA
Title variation
  • Encyclopedism in enlightenment Britain
  • Pursuit of complete knowledge
Title variation remainder
the pursuit of complete knowledge
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Language
eng
Summary
At a moment when Google seeks "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," this book tells the story of long-term aspirations, first in ancient epic and then in a wide range of literary and non-literary works from the early modern era and British Enlightenment, to comprehend, record, and disseminate complete knowledge of the world. It is also a story of the persistent failure of these aspirations, their collapse in the late eighteenth century, and the subsequent redefinition of completeness in modern literary and disciplinary terms. The book argues that the pursuit of complete knowledge advanced the separation of epic from encyclopedia, literature from "Literature," and the sciences from the humanities; it demonstrates that the distinctions between "high" and "low," ephemeral and eternal, useful and useless that persist today all stem from the concepts of completeness that emerged during and as a result of the Enlightenment. --Provided by publisher
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DLC
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1978-
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Rudy, Seth
Dewey number
820.9/005
Index
index present
LC call number
PR448.K56
LC item number
R83 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Palgrave studies in the Enlightenment, romanticism and cultures of print
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  • English literature
  • Knowledge, Theory of, in literature
  • Enlightenment
  • Epic literature, English
  • Encyclopedists
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Encyclopedists
  • English literature
  • Enlightenment
  • Epic literature, English
  • Knowledge, Theory of, in literature
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Great Britain
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Literature and encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain : the pursuit of complete knowledge, Seth Rudy, Assistant Professor, Rhodes College, USA
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: concepts of completeness -- Complete bodies, whole arts, and the limits of epic -- Worlds apart: epic and encyclopedia in the Augustan age -- Mid-century experiments in encyclopedism -- Collapse and reconstitution: epic and encyclopedia revisited -- Coda: the angel and the algorithm -- Appendix
Control code
881655990
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
viii, 253 pages
Isbn
9781137411532
Lccn
2014021122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)881655990
Label
Literature and encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain : the pursuit of complete knowledge, Seth Rudy, Assistant Professor, Rhodes College, USA
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: concepts of completeness -- Complete bodies, whole arts, and the limits of epic -- Worlds apart: epic and encyclopedia in the Augustan age -- Mid-century experiments in encyclopedism -- Collapse and reconstitution: epic and encyclopedia revisited -- Coda: the angel and the algorithm -- Appendix
Control code
881655990
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
viii, 253 pages
Isbn
9781137411532
Lccn
2014021122
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)881655990

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