English Romanticism and the Celtic World

English Romanticism and the Celtic World

by Gerard Carruthers, Alan Rawes
     
 

English Romanticism and the Celtic World explores the way in which British Romantic writers responded to the national and cultural identities of the 'four nations' England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The essays collected here interrogate the cultural centres as well as the peripheries of Romanticism, and the interactions between these. They underline 'Celticism' as… See more details below

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English Romanticism and the Celtic World explores the way in which British Romantic writers responded to the national and cultural identities of the 'four nations' England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The essays collected here interrogate the cultural centres as well as the peripheries of Romanticism, and the interactions between these. They underline 'Celticism' as an emergent strand of cultural ethnicity during the eighteenth century, examining the constructions of Celticness and Britishness in the Romantic period, including the ways in which the 'Celtic' countries viewed themselves in the light of Romanticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521136662
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/25/2010
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1Introduction: romancing the Celt1
2Sir William Jones, the Celtic Revival and the Oriental Renaissance20
3The critical response to Ossian's Romantic bequest38
4Blake and Gwendolen: territory, periphery and the proper name54
5The Welsh American dream: Iolo Morganwg, Robert Southey and the Madoc legend69
6Wordsworth, North Wales and the Celtic landscape85
7The force of 'Celtic memories' in Byron's thought103
8Shelley, Ireland and Romantic Orientalism117
9Byron and the 'Ariosto of the North'130
10Scott and the British tourist151
11Felicia Hemans, Byronic cosmopolitanism and the ancient Welsh bards167
12Luttrell of Arran and the Romantic invention of Ireland182
13Contemporary Northern Irish poets and Romantic poetry196
Notes210
Bibliography242
Index257

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