By Christopher Prendergast
Against this heritage, The vintage maps the evolution of Sainte-Beuve's inspiration from an before everything cosmopolitan perception of the vintage (close in spirit to Goethe's concept of Weltliteratur) to an more and more nationalist notion, with a powerful emphasis at the history of Latinity and France as its important legatee. This emphasis used to be taken up through the extraordinary correct in France after Sainte-Beuve's loss of life, in a made up our minds mobilizing of a model of the "classic" on behalf of a proto-fascist schedule. the ultimate bankruptcy offers with this appropriation and ends with a question of our personal approximately Sainte-Beuve's unique query: within the mild of this bleak historical past, maybe the time has come to dispense with the time period "classic" altogether.
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