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"Bringing neoclassicism again into modern-day severe debates, this research considers the cognitive underpinnings of the principles of poetic justice, the unities and decorum, underlines their relevance for contemporary cognitive poetics and strains their impression within the rising narrative type of the eighteenth-century novel"--

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Primarily, players engage in interaction. If one of them cheats, then a process of scrutiny begins, and because the stability of the cooperation of the group is at stake, such cheater detection is highly emotionally fraught. A neoclassical critic might think of staging cheater detection as a mystery is being unraveled (perhaps unknown to the perpetrator himself, as with Oedipus) or as multiple courses of eavesdropping reveal (perhaps accidentally, as in many Restoration comedies) that there even has been something punishable going on.

Steven Shapin in his introduction to The Scientific Revolution (1996) identifies the increased influence of mechanism and materialism, the move to mathematize natural philosophy, and the beginnings of experimental protocols as the tentative features of “revolution” in the seventeenth century, but he also stresses that these changes amounted by no means to a cohesive project. As Shapin shows, in the age of telescopes, clockworks, and air pumps, there was a lively exchange between the sciences and the church, ancient notions of atomism were brought back to light, and the “disenchantment 12.

Burke puts it in her discussion of Dryden’s “Annus Mirabilis,” “inherent in its mode is the impulse to objectify and represent nature as stable and controllable” (1990, 314). A related desire to present poetics as “stable and controllable” is tangible in many works of neoclassical criticism. ” And as we shall see via the example of the eighteenth-​century novel, the literary application of the neoclassical principles also very quickly demonstrated their flexibility rather than their solidity. * * * It would go far beyond the compass of this study to detail a history of the interactions between literary criticism and the science of the time, let alone provide an account of the ancients and moderns.

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