168 pp., 6 x 9, 6 figs, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5662-5
Published: May 2020
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The Critische Dichtkunst is examined in terms of three disparate traditions: the modern reception of Aristotle's Poetics, Horace's Ars poetica, and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns; the model of consciousness proposed by Leibniz that describes the mind as a ceaseless process of historical intellective integration; and the German reception of French neoclassical authors, especially Dubos, whose notion of historical probability was radicalized by Breitinger and later appropriated by poets and historians alike.
"Jill Kowalik has offered an extremely valuable historical corrective, showing that if we are interested in looking at the long-term trajectory of historical perspectivism from Leibniz into the eighteenth century as a precondition of modern historical consciousness, we need to examine Breitinger's contribution once again."--South Atlantic Review