Muses of One Mind

The Literary Analysis of Experience and Its Continuity

By Wesley Trimpi

Muses of One Mind

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  • ISBN: 9781608991556
  • Pages: 434
  • Publication Date: 11/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $49.00
Web Price: $39.20
Web Price: $39.20

Muses of One Mind

The Literary Analysis of Experience and Its Continuity

By Wesley Trimpi

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781608991556
  • Pages: 434
  • Publication Date: 11/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $49.00
Web Price: $39.20

About-

Describing how ancient discussions of literature borrowed their descriptive terms from mathematical, philosophical, and rhetorical disciplines, Wesley Trimpi shows that when any one of these three types of discourse was sacrificed to one or both of the other two, the resulting imbalance proved destructive to literary discourse. Preoccupation with exhortatory (rhetorical) intention reduced literary works to displays of eloquence or ideology; preoccupation with cognitive (philosophical) intention led to didacticism; and preoccupation with formal (mathematical) excellence resulted in "aesthetic" expression for its own sake.
In tracing the relationship of the three disciplines to literary discourse through the Middle Ages, this work diagnosis the increase of such reductive preoccupations after the Neoplatoic reconstruction of classical literary theory. Since 1600 these imbalances have continued to exist, obscured by proliferating and competing "theories" and "methods" of literary interpretation. Taking theoria in the ancient sense of "inclusive observation," Professor Trimpi points to an alternative to contemporary critical orthodoxies.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"In this book Wesley Trimpi has succeeded in transforming our knowledge of the theory of narrative in the Classical world by presenting a tightly argued and extremely learned analysis of ancient poetic theory. It is a major contribution to our understanding of ancient narrative and its theory with important contributions to the history of the subject in the West. By indirection the book is a serious critique of contemporary literary approaches to narrative. It is a major achievement."
--Morton W. Bloomfield,
Harvard University

Contributors-

Wesley Trimpi

Bio(s)-

Wesley Trimpi is Emeritus Professor of English at Stanford University

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