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The Discourse of Modernism

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The Discourse of Modernism

Timothy J. Reiss

416 Pages
Paperback
ISBN: 9781501728099
Cornell University Press

Timothy J. Reiss perceives a new mode of discourse emerging in early seventeenth-century Europe; he believes that this form of thought, still our own, may itself soon be giving way. In The Discourse of Modernism, Reiss sets up a theoretical model to describe the process by which one dominant class of discourse is replaced by another. He seeks to demonstrate that each new mode does not constitute a radical break from the past but in fact develops directly from its predecessor.

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"This is a difficult book which makes an interesting contribution to the history of ideas. It should be valued by those whose special field is seventeenth- or eighteenth- century literature and rhetoric, as well as by scholars of epistemology of aesthetic theory. Timothy J. Reiss is an erudite and provocative scholar."

- Kirsty Cochrane, Review of English Studies

About the Author

Timothy J. Reiss is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at New York University. He is the author of The Meaning of Literature (also published by Cornell University Press), Mirages of the Selfe: Patterns of Personhood in Ancient and Early Modern Europe, Against Autonomy: Global Dialectics of Cultural Exchange, and Knowledge, Discovery, and Imagination in Early Modern Europe: The Rise of Aesthetic Rationalism.

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