Romantic Cult Of Shakespeare

Romantic Cult Of Shakespeare

by Peter Davidhazi
     
 

This is the first book to look at the quasi-religious aspects of the romantic cult of Shakespeare. Focusing on England, Hungary, and some other European countries, the book explores the latent religious patterns in the appropriation of Shakespeare from the 1769 Stratford Jubilee to the tercentenary of 1864. Surveying both the verbal and non-verbal manifestations of

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This is the first book to look at the quasi-religious aspects of the romantic cult of Shakespeare. Focusing on England, Hungary, and some other European countries, the book explores the latent religious patterns in the appropriation of Shakespeare from the 1769 Stratford Jubilee to the tercentenary of 1864. Surveying both the verbal and non-verbal manifestations of the Shakespeare cult, the author highlights their analogies with those of traditional religious cults and shows the appropriation of Shakespeare and his texts to be inseparable from quasi-religious acts of reverence such as literary pilgrimages, relic worship, the erection and dedication of monuments, and public celebrations of anniversaries. This cult made use of some important romantic notions (genius, originality, imagination, transcendental analogies of artistic creation), and the ensuing quasi-transcendental authority was to be utilized for political purposes. The book suggests a theoretical framework and a comprehensive anthropological context for the interpretation of literature.

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Shows parallels between the reception of Shakespeare and traditional religious cults from 1769 to 1864, focusing on England and Hungary, but also considering other European countries. Danichazi (19th- century literature, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) cites both verbal and non-verbal expressions to demonstrate how fans employed such romantic notions as genius, originality, imagination, and transcendental analogies of artistic creation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312212872
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/19/1998
Series:
Romanticism in Perspective:Texts, Cultures, Histories Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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