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Patriotism and Public SpiritEdmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain$
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Ian Crowe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804781275

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804781275.001.0001

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Patriot Criticism: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime in Burke's ‘Philosophical Enquiry’

Patriot Criticism: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime in Burke's ‘Philosophical Enquiry’

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(p.148) Chapter Four Patriot Criticism: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime in Burke's ‘Philosophical Enquiry’
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Patriotism and Public Spirit
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781275.003.0005

This chapter applies the findings and contexts crystallized in the previous chapters to a reading of Burke's second published book, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. This text has received considerable attention over recent years, but the precise context and timing of its publication have still been only narrowly limned, being contained, by and large, within a narrative of the development of the terminology of the “sublime,” or passed over in the desire to make sense of the work in relation to Burke's later political polemics. Here, the emphasis is on appreciating the shape and content of Burke's contribution to the development of aesthetics by situating its appearance more tightly within the context of the reconfiguring of Patriot ideas mid-century.

Keywords:   Edmund Burke, sublime, aesthetics, Patriotism

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