Romantic Medievalism: History and the Romantic Literary Ideal

Overview

The Romantic period was characterized by a new historical self-consciousness in which history, and in particular the medieval, became an important screen for comprehending the present. Recent Scholarship has proposed contending theories for understanding how the historical is used to symbolize the political in the period. Romantic Medievalism takes an original position in proposing a critical difference in how the medieval was used to interpret the present, arguing that, where as the conservative writers ...

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Overview

The Romantic period was characterized by a new historical self-consciousness in which history, and in particular the medieval, became an important screen for comprehending the present. Recent Scholarship has proposed contending theories for understanding how the historical is used to symbolize the political in the period. Romantic Medievalism takes an original position in proposing a critical difference in how the medieval was used to interpret the present, arguing that, where as the conservative writers identified with the knight of romance, radical writers identified with the troubadour of the courtly love lyric.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333970072
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 241
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Fay teaches Romantic Period Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Table of Contents

Romantic Medievalism: the Ideal of History I. The Medieval Historical Mind
• II. Romantic Anachronism
• III. The Problem of the Lady
• IV. Troubadourian Affect
Cultivating Medievalism I. Classes of Affect
• II. Bowers: Seward, Darwin, and Coleridge
• III. Resting Places: Gray, Smith, and Keats
• IV. The Female Troubadour: Mary Robinson and LEL
The Legacy of Arthur: Scott, Wordsworth, and Byron
• I. The Legacy of Arthur
• II. Scott and Antiquarianism
• III. Wordsworth, Knight of Feeling
• IV. Lancelot Byron
Keats and the Time of Romance
• I. Dispensing with Spenserianism
• II. Chatterton, Bannerman, and "La Belle Dame"
• III. Keats and Romance: History, Memory, and Felt Time
• IV. Dramatic Action: King Stephen
The Shelleys on Love I. Courtly Love
• II. Renaissance Love: The Cenci
• III. Valperga, or Love's Lessons
• IV. Free Love: Epipsychidion
• V. The Female Knight and Emilia
• VI. Surviving Love

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