English Romanticism and the Celtic Worldby Gerard Carruthers, Alan Rawes
Pub. Date: 02/25/2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This study examines the interface between some of the most authoritative Romantic writers and "Celticism", an emergent strand of cultural ethnicity during the eighteenth century. The collected essays examine engagement with Celtic culture by writers such as Blake, Wordsworth, Scott, Byron and Shelley, as well as engagement with the Romantic sensibility by those from "within" the Celtic nations of Britain. The collection, thus defines the differences between "Celtic" and "British" in the Romantic period.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: romancing the Celt Gerard Carruthers and Alan Rawes; 2. 'And the Celt Knew the Indian': Sir William Jones, the Celtic Revival and the Oriental Renaissance Michael Franklin; 3. 'Our Names may be Heard in Song. But what avails it when our strength has ceased?': the critical response to Ossian's Romantic bequest Dafydd R. Moore; 4. Blake and Gwendolen: territory, periphery and the proper name David Punter; 5. The Welsh American Dream: Iolo Morganwg, Robert Southey and the Madoc Legend Caroline Franklin; 6. Wordsworth, north Wales, and the Celtic landscape J. R. Watson; 7. 'My Mother's Gordons': the force of 'Celtic memories' in Byron's thought Bernard Beatty; 8. 'The Revolt of Erin': Ireland and Islam in Shelley's oriental poetry Arthur Bradley; 9. Byron and 'The Ariosto of the North' Andrew Nicholson; 10. Scott and the British tourist Murray G. H. Pittock; 11. Felicia Hemans, Byronic cosmopolitanism, and the ancient Welsh bards William D. Brewer; 12. Writing which nation? Luttrell of Arran and the Romantic invention of Ireland Malcolm Kelsall; 13. 'Shining in Modest Glory': Contemporary Northern Irish poets and Romantic poetry Michael O'Neill.
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