Modernity and the Reinvention of Tradition Paperback

Backing into the Future

by Stephen Prickett

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Modernity and the Reinvention of Tradition

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The idea of tradition seems a timeless one, but our modern understanding of the term was actually shaped by the Victorian revival of tradition as a cornerstone of religion, art and culture. Stephen Prickett traces how the word 'tradition' fell out of use in English by the middle of the eighteenth century and how it returned in the nineteenth having radically changed and gained in meaning. Prickett analyses the work of authors who, like Burke, perhaps unexpectedly, avoid use of the concept, as well as those who, like Coleridge, Keble and Newman, who, variously influenced by German Romantics, explored it in detail, and disagreed profoundly with each other as to its implications. An important contribution to literature, history and theology, this sweeping work shows how people manufacture their own idea of truth, customs, or ancient wisdom to make sense of the past in terms of a problematic present.

Modernity and the Reinvention of Tradition by Stephen Prickett was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2013. The ISBN for Modernity and the Reinvention of Tradition is 9781107412590.

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Details for Modernity and the Reinvention of Tradition

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (January 2013)
Number of Pages274
Thickness15 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4532687
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