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Open Access Early Modern Literary Cultures And Public Opinion: An Epilogue In The Form Of A Discussion

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Early Modern Literary Cultures And Public Opinion: An Epilogue In The Form Of A Discussion

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This chapter discusses the relevance of the notion of public opinion to the study of the literary culture of an early modern society. The link between spaces and publics is crucial to the study of public opinion since views and texts have their origins in communities and networks. The appearance of the fictitious representation of public opinion in many texts shows that people were familiar with the notion, and quite likely were aware of the problematic nature of such representations as well as of their impact on the way people estimated mainstream views and trends. A literary work could reflect the opinion of a single individual or a small group, and at the same time claim to represent the opinion of a larger group or community.

Keywords: literary culture; public opinion



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