English Romanticism and the Celtic World

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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.
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"...especially alert...This volume contains many strong essays." Kate Flint, Studies in English Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521136662
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerard Carruthers is Lecturer in Scottish literature in the School of English at the University of Glasgow. He has co-edited (with Alison Lumsden) Reliquiae Trotcosienses (2002) and (with David Goldie and Alastair Renfrew) Beyond Scotland: New Contexts for Twentieth Century Scottish Literature (2002).

Alan Rawes is Senior Lecturer in English at Canterbury Christ Church University College. He is the author of Byron's Poetic Experimentation and co-editor of Romantic Biography.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Introduction: romancing the Celt 1
2 Sir William Jones, the Celtic Revival and the Oriental Renaissance 20
3 The critical response to Ossian's Romantic bequest 38
4 Blake and Gwendolen: territory, periphery and the proper name 54
5 The Welsh American dream: Iolo Morganwg, Robert Southey and the Madoc legend 69
6 Wordsworth, North Wales and the Celtic landscape 85
7 The force of 'Celtic memories' in Byron's thought 103
8 Shelley, Ireland and Romantic Orientalism 117
9 Byron and the 'Ariosto of the North' 130
10 Scott and the British tourist 151
11 Felicia Hemans, Byronic cosmopolitanism and the ancient Welsh bards 167
12 Luttrell of Arran and the Romantic invention of Ireland 182
13 Contemporary Northern Irish poets and Romantic poetry 196
Notes 210
Bibliography 242
Index 257
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