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Literature and landscape in the eighteenth century

Literature and landscape in the eighteenth century
Literature and landscape in the eighteenth century
Drawing on literary, visual, and philosophical sources from the period, this article asks what is landscape, how was it represented and understood in the eighteenth century, and how might we understand its different forms and agenda now? It focuses on why terms such as landscape, nature, and beauty remain problematic; explores ideas of location, scale, and point of view; and discusses the influence of classical georgic and pastoral models on eighteenth-century ways of seeing. The article argues that landscapes were experienced quite differently because of class, gender, and education, and stresses the wide range of landscapes created by eighteenth-century writers of quite different kinds. Finally, it suggests the importance of emotion as a driving force in the construction of landscape and the need to understand landscape not as something “out there,” but rather as centrally concerned with the expression of self.
Oxford University Press
Bending, Stephen
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Bending, Stephen
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Bending, Stephen (2015) Literature and landscape in the eighteenth century. In, Oxford Handbooks Online. Oxford, GB. Oxford University Press. (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935338.013.133).

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Drawing on literary, visual, and philosophical sources from the period, this article asks what is landscape, how was it represented and understood in the eighteenth century, and how might we understand its different forms and agenda now? It focuses on why terms such as landscape, nature, and beauty remain problematic; explores ideas of location, scale, and point of view; and discusses the influence of classical georgic and pastoral models on eighteenth-century ways of seeing. The article argues that landscapes were experienced quite differently because of class, gender, and education, and stresses the wide range of landscapes created by eighteenth-century writers of quite different kinds. Finally, it suggests the importance of emotion as a driving force in the construction of landscape and the need to understand landscape not as something “out there,” but rather as centrally concerned with the expression of self.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 1 October 2015
Published date: 2015
Organisations: English

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Local EPrints ID: 403839
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/403839
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