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Pedantry

Blimber, Cornelia
“dry and sandy with working in the graves of deceased languages.” [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
Casaubon, Edward
dull pedant; dreary scholar who marries Dorothea. [Br. Lit.: Middlemarch]
Caxton, Austin
erudite bookworm. [Br. Lit.: The Caxtons]
Choakumchild, Mr.
pedantic master of Gradgrind’s school. [Br. Lit.: Hard Times]
Conseil
taxonomically talented servant of Prof. Aronnax. [Fr. Lit.: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea]
Dalgetty, Rittmaster Dugald
garrulous pedant. [Br. Lit.: A Legend of Montrose]
Fluellen
pedantic Welsh captain and know-it-all. [Br. Lit.: Henry V]
Holofernes
shameless pedagogue-schoolmaster. [Br. Lit.: Love’s Labour’s Lost]
Sampson, Dominie
old-fashioned, donnish scholar. [Br. Lit.: Guy Mannering]
Scriblerus, Martinus
learned fool. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 909]
Thwackum
selfish and ill-humored clerical pedagogue. [Br. Lit.: Tom Jones]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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But you can bank on Hansen's effort being terrific - all about how he attended extramural courses in pompous pedantry (teaching, not learning, naturally).
He thus only implicitly, but not patently, took issue with his father's pedantry, against which he is likely to have chafed in his Sturm und Drang years; a young man of genius is bound to have felt that it went against the grain when an older man, and above all his own father, edited the memoranda that as a lawyer he had to submit to the Courts of Justice in Frankfurt, particularly if he knew only too well that he had good reasons to be grateful for the helpful and necessary corrections.
While the conceits and circumlocutions of the precieux, or "precious," writers were greatly admired by many, others--such as Moliere in his comedy Les Precieuses ridicules (1659; The Affected Young Ladies)--mocked them for their pedantry and affectation.
The programmatic hybridizations/proximities/frictions/overlaps/superpositions that are possible in Bigness--in fact, the entire apparatus of montage invented at the beginning of the century to organize relationships between independent parts--are being undone by one section of the present avant-garde in compositions of almost laughable pedantry and rigidity, behind apparent wildness.
So anyone who banishes the piano from performance of music from the Baroque period and earlier is risking the accusation of pedantry and narrow-mindedness.
But enough pedantry. It's too late to point out the historical inaccuracy of Rogers's epithet because it's already stuck faster than a plaster.
63), of terms such as antonyms, chiasmus, polyptoton, and hyperbaton might be thought dangerously close to pedantry. On the other hand, this is an edition that expertly demonstrates the poet's technical skill and proves, once and for all, that Racinian simplicity is an artful illusion.
Regarded as his first major work, it comprises three related sketches: the "Tale" itself, an energetic defense of literature and religion against zealous pedantry; "The Battle of the Books," a witty addition to the scholarly debate about the relative merits of ancient versus modern literature and culture; and "A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit," a satire of religious fanaticism.
Cast pedantry away, though, for this wasan evening of almost total delight, immersing us in wonderful music which, to paraphrase Kings, speaks to us of the melancholy of transience.
Professor John Good, UCW Bangor: Religious bigotry; pedantry;
In other works Wilson gave evidence of his crotchety character: A Piece of My Mind: Reflections at Sixty (1956), The Cold War and the Income Tax (1963), and The Fruits of the MLA (1968), a lengthy attack on the Modern Language Association's editions of American authors, which he felt buried their subjects in pedantry. His plays are in part collected in Five Plays (1954) and in The Duke of Palermo and Other Plays with an Open Letter to Mike Nichols (1969).
Colin Riley & Tim Whitehead - Tides (Homemade) Let's dispense with the 'yes, but is it jazz?' pedantry straight away.