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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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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.219) Conclusion
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Patriotism and Public Spirit
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781275.003.0007

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. In providing a cross-section of the Republic of Letters centered upon Dodsley's Tully's Head enterprise, the book shows how the mid-eighteenth-century growth of the literary market and the debate over the political, religious, and constitutional implications of the Glorious Revolution impacted the self-identity of Dodsley's literary associates, and led them to fashion a revised Patriot criticism that aimed to harness the energy of a broad public-spiritedness to the reinforcement of social order. In the process, it uncovers an alternative picture of the role of Burke's Irishness in his literary and political career that challenges the anachronistic emphasis given recently to nationalist and anticolonialist contexts.

Keywords:   Edmund Burke, Robert Dodsley, Republic of Letters, Tully's Head, self-identity, Patriot criticism, Irishness

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