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Agonistica Canonului – o victorie identitarǎ a secolului al XVIII-lea
The Agonistics of the Canon - An Eighteenth-Century Identitary Feat

Author(s): Mihaela Irimia
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Universitatea Petrol-Gaze din Ploieşti
Keywords: Ancient; classic; modern; canon; isomorphic model; cultural institution; the institutionalization of literature; classic modernity

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the emergence of the eighteenth-century literary canon as an αγών accompanying the collapse of the isomorphic model. As a cultural institution, the canon asserts itself in tandem with the ‘new divinity’ called criticism and the separation of the arts from the sciences. These classic modern processes confirm the Whiggish view of history and the institutionalization of literature as such, contemporaneously with the establishment of aesthetics. Periodization and the classic – romantic opposition, both constitutive of further modernization, are also touched upon.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 179-183
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English