"When Beauty Fires the Blood": Love and the Arts in the Age of Dryden

University of Michigan Press, 1992 - 474 páginas
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James Anderson Winn is the author of a general history of the relations between music and poetry (Unsuspected Eloquence, 1981) and a full-scale biography of a major English poet (John Dryden and His World, 1986). In this new book, he brings together his interdisciplinary expertise, his deep knowledge of Dryden, and his interest in currently urgent issues of gender, arguing that Dryden's complex and contradictory attitudes toward human sexuality helped shape his influential ideas about nature and art, beauty and virtue, imagination and judgment. In examining Dryden's artistic practice and theory from this perspective, Winn addresses topics not often noticed in previous studies of Dryden: his technical knowledge of music and painting; his lively sexual imagination; his use of conventional and unconventional notions of gender to flesh out theoretical distinctions; and the contrasting attitudes of his contemporaries, especially those of women writers. Through subtle analyses of Dryden's theatrical songs, operas, treatises on painting, and addresses to women, Winn shows that the old view of Dryden as sharp satirist, doctrinal "lawgiver", and author of a "poetry of statement" is fatally incomplete. By developing an interpretation stressing other themes, he adds several new dimensions to our understanding of the poet and his period.

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James Anderson Winn was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 31, 1947. He started playing flute in the sixth grade and was able to study with Francis Fuge, the principal flutist of the Louisville Symphony, in the 1960s. Winn received a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University in 1968. He then spent two years in the Army, playing flute in the Continental Army Band. He received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1974. He taught at Yale from 1974 to 1983, the University of Michigan from 1983 to 1998, and Boston University from 1998 until 2017. His first book, A Window in the Bosom, was published in 1977. His other books included John Dryden and His World, The Pale of Words, The Poetry of War, and Queen Anne: Patroness of Arts. He also played the flute with orchestras or small ensembles. He died from pancreatic cancer on March 21, 2019 at the age of 71.

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