The Genius to Improve an Invention: Literary Transitions

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The Genius to Improve an Invention derives its title from John Dryden's phrase for the British tendency to take up literary masterpieces from the past and "perfect" them. Distinguished literary scholar Piero Boitani adopts Dryden's notion as a framework for exploring ways in which classical and medieval texts, scenes, and themes have been rewritten by modern authors. Boitani focuses on a concept of literary transition that takes into account both T.S. Eliot's idea of "tradition and individual talent" and Harold Bloom's ...

The Genius to Improve an Invention: Literary Transitions 2002, University of Notre Dame Press

ISBN-13: 9780268029517

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Genius to Improve an Invention: Literary Transitions 2002, University of Notre Dame Press

ISBN-13: 9780268029500

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