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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