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Virgil Made English: The Decline of Classical Authority
     

Virgil Made English: The Decline of Classical Authority

by Tanya M. Caldwell
 

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This study traces the steady decline of classical authorityin English literature from the mid-seventeenth century and the role of translation in shifting the emphasis away the classical learning. The author focuses on Virgil, once the most revered of poets but also explores the fate of some of his fellow Ancients.

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This study traces the steady decline of classical authorityin English literature from the mid-seventeenth century and the role of translation in shifting the emphasis away the classical learning. The author focuses on Virgil, once the most revered of poets but also explores the fate of some of his fellow Ancients.

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"Caldwell's Virgil Made English is a first-rate study that makes a major contribution to our understanding of the decline of the classics in eighteenth-century literature. Well-researched and well-argued, it is as provocative as it is rigorous." - Robert Markley, Romano Professorial Scholar, Department of English, Unit for Criticism and Theory, University of Illinois

"This is a superb account of Virgil s declining authority from post-Reformation England to colonial America. Sifting through a commanding knowledge of the many editions, translations, miscellanies, parodies of, and keys to Virgil, Caldwell masterfully demonstrates how modern literary activity emerged from the tension between the inherited habit of drawing on Virgil and the increasing need to supplant his outmoded heroic tradition with a new concern for the novel and the domestic. Caldwell s sharply defined dialectic between the receding claims of Virgilian authority and the increasingly clamorous imperatives of contemporary history make Virgil Made English a key sourcebook for all studies of Restoration and eighteenth-century literary culture." - Anna Battigelli, Professor of English, SUNY Plattsburgh

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ISBN-13:
9780230268852
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/09/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
346 KB

Meet the Author

Tanya Caldwell is Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University. She is the author of Time to Begin Anew: Dryden’s Georgics and Aeneis, as well as various articles on Restoration and eighteenth-century studies.

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