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Edmund Burke's Aesthetic Ideology : Language, Gender and Political Economy in Revolution

Furniss, Thomas (1993) Edmund Burke's Aesthetic Ideology : Language, Gender and Political Economy in Revolution. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 052141815-1

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Abstract

This study develops a detailed reading of the interrelations between aesthetics, ideology, language, gender and political economy in two highly influential works by Edmund Burke: his Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful (1757), and the Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790). Tom Furniss's close attention to the rhetorical labyrinths of these texts is combined with an attempt to locate them within the larger discursive networks of the period, including texts by Locke, Hume and Smith. This process reveals that Burke's contradictions and inconsistencies are symptomatic of a strenuous engagement with the ideological problems endemic to the period. Burke's dilemma in this respect makes the Reflections an audacious compromise which simultaneously defends the ancien régime, contributes towards the articulation of radical thought, and makes possible the revolution which we call English Romanticism.

Item type: Book
ID code: 32369
Notes: This monograph was republished as a digital printed paperback in 2008.
Keywords: romanticism, english literature, english studies, Edmund Burke, English literature
Subjects: Language and Literature > English literature
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 12:34
Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 16:53
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/32369

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