Retrospectives
Essays in Literature, Poetics and Cultural History by Terence Cave

Terence Cave, edited by Neil Kenny and Wes Williams

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

17 July 2009  •  210pp

ISBN: 978-1-905981-95-3 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

EnlightenmentFrenchFictionPoetry


Terence Cave's work has made a major contribution to the rethinking of the relationship between literature, history and culture over the last half-century. Retrospectives brings together substantially revised versions of studies written since 1970: together they constitute a searching methodological investigation of the practice of reading past texts. How do our ways of reading such texts compare with those practised in the periods when they were written? How do we distinguish between what a text meant in its own time and what it has come to mean over time? And how might reading provide access to past experiences? The book's epicentre is early modern French culture, but it extends to that culture's ancient Greek and Roman models, its European contexts, and the afterlives of some of its themes, from Pascal via George Eliot to Angela Carter.

Terence Cave is Emeritus Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Research Fellow at St John's College; he is also a Fellow of the British Academy. His publications include Pré-histoires and Pré-histoires II (1999 and 2001), Recognitions: A Study in Poetics (1988), and The Cornucopian Text: Problems of Writing in the French Renaissance (1979). Neil Kenny teaches at the University of Cambridge and Wes Williams at the University of Oxford (and St Edmund Hall). Both specialize in early modern French literature and thought.

Reviews:

  • ‘A very welcome overview of several of the central themes of Cave’s work.’ — John D. Lyons, French Studies 65.1, January 2011, 93-94
  • ‘An excellent overview, enhanced by the editors’ astute introduction, of this highly influential critic’s ideas... an impressive testament to a distinguished and continuing critical career.’ — Emma Herdman, Modern Language Review 106.4, 2011, 1156-57 (full text online)

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Cave, Terence, edited by Neil Kenny, and Wes Williams, Retrospectives: Essays in Literature, Poetics and Cultural History by Terence Cave (Cambridge: Legenda, 2009)

First footnote reference: 35 Retrospectives: Essays in Literature, Poetics and Cultural History by Terence Cave, terence Cave, edited by Neil Kenny and Wes Williams (Cambridge: Legenda, 2009), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Cave, Kenny, and Williams, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Cave, Terence, edited by Neil Kenny, and Wes Williams. 2009. Retrospectives: Essays in Literature, Poetics and Cultural History by Terence Cave (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Cave, Kenny, and Williams 2009: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Cave, Kenny, and Williams 2009: 21.

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