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A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance

Introductory Romantic Elements


NEW YORK, March, 1899.

CONTENTS

PART FIRST

_LITERARY CRITICISM IN ITALY_

PAGE

I. THE FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM OF RENAISSANCE CRITICISM 3 i. Mediaeval Conceptions of Poetry. ii. The Moral Justification of Poetry. iii. The Final Justification of Poetry.

II. THE GENERAL THEORY OF POETRY IN THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE 24 i. Poetry as a Form of Scholastic Philosophy. ii. Poetry as an Imitation of Life. iii. The Function of Poetry.

III. THE THEORY OF THE DRAMA 60 i. The Subject of Tragedy. ii. The Function of Tragedy. iii. The Characters of Tragedy. iv. The Dramatic Unities. v. Comedy.

IV. THE THEORY OF EPIC POETRY 107 i. The Theory of the Epic Poem. ii. Epic and Romance.

V. THE GROWTH OF THE CLASSIC SPIRIT IN ITALIAN CRITICISM 125 i. Humanism. ii. Aristotelianism. iii. Rationalism.

VI. ROMANTIC

ELEMENTS IN ITALIAN CRITICISM 155 i. The Ancient Romantic Element. ii. Mediaeval Elements. iii. Modern Elements.

PART SECOND

_LITERARY CRITICISM IN FRANCE_

I. THE CHARACTER AND DEVELOPMENT OF FRENCH CRITICISM IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY 171 i. Character. ii. Development.

II. THE THEORY OF POETRY IN THE FRENCH RENAISSANCE 190 i. The Poetic Art. ii. The Drama. iii. Heroic Poetry.

III. CLASSIC AND ROMANTIC ELEMENTS IN FRENCH CRITICISM DURING THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY 214 i. Classical Elements. ii. Romantic Elements.

IV. THE FORMATION OF THE CLASSIC IDEAL IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 232 i. The Romantic Revolt. ii. The Reaction against the Pleiade. iii. The Second Influx of Italian Ideas. iv. The Influence of Rationalistic Philosophy.

PART THIRD

_LITERARY CRITICISM IN ENGLAND_

I. THE EVOLUTION OF ENGLISH CRITICISM FROM ASCHAM TO MILTON 253

II. THE GENERAL THEORY OF POETRY IN THE ELIZABETHAN AGE 261

III. THE THEORY OF DRAMATIC AND HEROIC POETRY 282 i. Tragedy. ii. Comedy. iii. The Dramatic Unities. iv. Epic Poetry.

IV. CLASSICAL ELEMENTS IN ELIZABETHAN CRITICISM 296 i. Introductory: Romantic Elements. ii. Classical Metres. iii. Other Evidences of Classicism.

APPENDICES 312 A. Chronological Table of the Chief Critical Works of the Sixteenth Century. B. Salviati's Account of the Commentators on Aristotle's _Poetics_.


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