Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




John Dennis has been considered until recently as a pedantic rationalist among the critics during the period of English neo-classicism. Indeed, his figure as a critic has been ranked as minor, and a historian of English literature will usually mention his name mainly as the target of the sarcasm of haughty Alexander Pope, who, due to Dennis's overt devotion to the literary theory of an ancient Greek, Longinus, derisively nicknamed him "Sir Tremendous Longinus." The reason for the above is to a certain extent very cogent. For it is an a greed opinion, even among the critics who have made an attempt to explain the original part of Dennis's criticism, that it never escapes the blemish of being inconsistent in its theory and in the manner it is presented.