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Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print

Literature and Encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain

The Pursuit of Complete Knowledge

Authors: Rudy, Seth

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Literature and Encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain tells the story of long-term aspirations to comprehend, record, and disseminate complete knowledge of the world. It draws on a wide range of literary and non-literary works from the early modern era and British Enlightenment.

About the authors

Seth Rudy is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Rhodes College, USA. Though devoted primarily to British poetry and prose of the eighteenth century, he has also published and presented work in the fields of Dickens studies, data visualization, and the modern history of print and digital encyclopedias.

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“In Literature and Encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain, Seth Rudy ‘tells the story of long-term aspirations to comprehend, record, and disseminate ‘complete’ knowledge of the world’ and ‘explores the persistent failure of these ambitions’ … . Rudy’s book is a useful introduction to the form. … Rudy’s survey of this dilemma makes useful contributions to the history of scholarship.” (Jack Lynch, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 28 (3), Spring, 2016)

“Rudy’s impressive and judiciously selected range of material certainly addresses the parameters of ‘literature’ and ‘encyclopedism’ outlined in the title and gives us perceptive insights into what Rudy calls the productive indeterminacy of completeness as a literary feature … . Rudy thus offers an invaluable, if not foundational contribution to research in this area and his readers will be richly rewarded by the book’s considerable originality and perceptiveness.” (Adrian J. Wallbank, The BARS Review, Issue 47, Spring, 2016)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Concepts of Completeness

    Rudy, Seth

    Pages 1-17

  • Complete Bodies, Whole Arts, and the Limits of Epic

    Rudy, Seth

    Pages 18-44

  • Worlds Apart: Epic and Encyclopedia in the Augustan Age

    Rudy, Seth

    Pages 45-81

  • Mid-Century Experiments in Encyclopedism

    Rudy, Seth

    Pages 82-121

  • Collapse and Reconstitution: Epic and Encyclopedia Revisited

    Rudy, Seth

    Pages 122-163

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-41154-9
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-41153-2
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-48928-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literature and Encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain
Book Subtitle
The Pursuit of Complete Knowledge
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-41154-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137411549
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-41153-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48928-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 261
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