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Conclusion

Brean S. Hammond

in Professional Imaginative Writing in England, 1670–1740

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198112990
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670909 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112990.003.0010
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In this concluding chapter, the perspective the book now takes is to stands back a little from what has been written to deal with the most obvious difficulty or weakness that the argument presents. This is that a comprehensive category (professionalization) was used to define what is considered to be the most significant shift in the conditions under which imaginative writing was produced in the period, affecting everyone who aspired to publish, and yet pro- and anti-professional stances seem to emerge. The chapter emphasizes a dialectical approach to the phenomenon of literary professionalization, requiring that we understand it both as integral and coherent and as comprising separate cells that have their own distinctive cultural politics.

Keywords: literature; writing; literary professionalization; imaginative writing; cultural politics

Chapter.  1889 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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