Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century (BOK)

Margaret Koehler

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Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century identifies a pervasive cultivation of attention in eighteenth-century poetry. The book argues that a plea from a 1692 ode by William Congreve-'Let me be all, but my attention, dead'-embodies a wider aspiration in the period's poetry to explore overt themes of attention and demonstrate techniques of readerly attention. It historicizes eighteenth-century accounts of attention and pioneers a link between the period's poetry and recent discussions of attention in cognitive psychology. It contributes to the largely neglected history of a psychological trait that has assumed a recent cultural urgency, and it repositions eighteenth-century poems as a collective model for assiduous reading and supple, wide-ranging attention.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Margaret Koehler
ISBN 9781137031129
Antall sider 276 Dimensjoner 14cm x 21,6cm x 1,7cm
Vekt 468 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Cognition & cognitive psychology, Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literary studies: poetry & poets