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The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early Modern France

Larry F. Norman


The cultural battle known as the quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns served as a sly cover for more deeply opposed views about the value of literature and the arts. One of the most public controversies of early modern Europe, the quarrel has most often been depicted as pitting antiquarian conservatives against the insurgent critics of established authority. This book turns the canonical vision of those events on its head by demonstrating how the defenders of Greek literature—rather than clinging to an outmoded tradition—celebrated the radically different practices of the ancient world. At a ti ... More

Keywords: the quarrel, Greek literature, French absolutism, ancient world, cultural differences, neoclassicism, Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226591483
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226591506.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry F. Norman, author