The Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns Criticism: The Quarrel Between The Ancients And The Moderns In France - Essay

Clayton D. Lein (essay date 1974)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: “Boileau, the Moderns, and the Topinamboux,” in Papers on Language and Literature, Vol. 10, No. 1, Winter 1974, pp. 21-34.

[In essay that follows, Lein examines two epigrams Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, an Ancient, directed against the Moderns, noting the “potency of the invective” Boileau employed.]

One of the most distinctive cleavages distinguishing contemporary poetic taste from that of earlier periods lies in our modern lack of appreciation for epigrams, and this dislocation in taste unfortunately conditions the direction of criticism and scholarship. The epigrams of Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux supply a good case in point. They have stirred little...

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Barbara Warnick (essay date 1982)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: “The Old Rhetoric vs. the New Rhetoric: The Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns,” in Communication Monographs, Vol. 49, No. 4, December 1982, pp. 263-76.

[In the essay that follows, Warnick seeks to “provide an account of the major issues in the Quarrel as they relate to the function and status of rhetoric in French society” in the eighteenth century.]

In his study of eighteenth-century logic and rhetoric in Britain, Howell has distinguished the “old rhetoric” of the seventeenth century and before from the “new rhetoric” of the eighteenth century. The former was limited to persuasive discourse, drew its proofs from the ancient theory of...

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Elizabeth L. Berg (essay date 1983)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: “Recognizing Differences: Perrault's Modernist Esthetic in Parallèle des Anciens et des Modernes,” in Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, Vol. 10, No. 18, 1983, pp. 135-48.

[In the following essay, Berg contends that the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns was “not only a literary debate, but also the manifestation of a political position regarding the status of women and their right to participate in the culture of their society.”]

Perrault's Parallèle des Anciens et des Modernes represents the principal articulation of his literary theory and his essential contribution to the Querelle des Anciens et des...

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R. J. Howells (essay date 1983)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: “Dialogue and Speakers in Parallèle des Anciens et des Modernes,” in Modern Language Review, Vol. 78, No. 4, October 1983, pp. 793-803.

[In the following essay, Howells analyzes the significance of Charles Perrault's construction of the Parallèle des Anciens et des Modernes, as a dialogue between the Président, the Abbé, and the Chevalier.]

Charles Perrault's Parallèle (1688-97), the great manifesto of the Moderns in the ‘Querelle’, is usually regarded simply as a set of arguments.1 The fact that it consists of dialogues between imaginary speakers is given little attention. My concern will be to look at the...

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