DEFENDING THE INTELLECTUAL LIFE IN EARLY MODERN TO POSTMODERN TIMES:
An Anthology of Literary Apologies

Author: DeMarco, Kathleen
Year:2012
Pages:52
ISBN:0-7734-3059-8
978-0-7734-3059-4
Price:59.95
The book analyzes various writings by poets and cultural critics on the topic of being an intellectual. Figures like Pope, Sidney, Milton, Eliot, and even contemporaries like Christopher Hitchens are covered. The first few deal with what poetry is, and the latter more up to date essays try to explain intellectual life in modern times. Present-day readers might find some of these defenses to be obscure, but this book breaks down what critics meant even during the Early Modern Period, and the Renaissance.

Reviews

“Putting the responses in the context of the twentieth century, help readers identify with the importance of the documents and relate them to the modern world. Her comment in the summary provides a sound justification for her study: ‘Sometimes unnoticed, these literary apologies are yet powerful and pivotal to protecting the intellectual life for the next generation.’”

-Prof. Rosemary Cox,
Georgia Perimeter College


“This manuscript has been expanded into a study of literary defenders from Early Modern times to the Postmodernism of today.”

-Prof. Carissa Gray,
Georgia Perimeter College

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Abstract
Foreward
Carissa N. Gray Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: DEFENSES IN THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD
Sir Philip Sidney: The Defence of Poesie

Chapter 2 DEFENSES IN THE NEOCLASSICAL PERIOD
John Milton: Apology for Smectymnuus Alexander Pope: An Essay on Criticism

Chapter 3 DEFENSES IN THE ROMANTIC PERIOD
Wordsworth’s Preface to the Lyrical Ballads Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Defence of Poetry

Chapter 4 DEFENSES IN THE VICTORIAN PERIOD
Walter Pater: From the Renaissance. Preface Robert Browning: An Essay on Percy Bysshe Shelley

Chapter 5 DEFENSES IN THE MODERN PERIOD T.S. Eliot: Tradition and the Individual Talent
W.H. Auden: A Modern Use of Masks: Poetry, Poets, and Taste

Chapter 6
DEFENSES IN THE POSTMODERN PERIOD Christopher Hitchens: Letters to a Young Contrarian

Bibliography Index