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Literature and the Growth of British Nationalism: The Influence of Romantic Poetry and Bardic Criticism (Paperback)
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Literature and the Growth of British Nationalism: The Influence of Romantic Poetry and Bardic Criticism (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 28/02/2014
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This book explores how British Romantic poetry-the writing, reading, and critical reception of it-reinforced British nationalism in the 19th century, ripening the political processes of nationhood that began with the first Act of Union in 1707. Using archival research on literary collections, criticism and reviews, this study documents the rise of bardic criticism in the 18th century, a style of literary criticism that reinvented the vernacular poet as a national bard and established a national role for poetry. Within this context, this book offers a new reading of major works by Romantic poets from Wordsworth and Coleridge to Felicia Hemans and Anna Letitia Barbauld, illuminating the ways they corroborated the public image of poets as bona fide national bards and advanced British nationalism, even when they intentionally set out to oppose or reform the politics of state.

Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
ISBN: 9780786478477
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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"An excellent book, thoroughly well thought out and compellingly argued, with a wealth of insightful, and often genuinely revealing, close reading coupled with a masterful command of the secondary literature."-Stephen C. Behrendt, University of Nebraska "In contrast to recent books that focus on the artistry and historiography of balladry in the Romantic period, and in a style that is admirable for its lucidity and precision, this new book argues cogently that the themes of nationalism and, in the book's outstanding conclusion, anti-nationalism constitute arguments about the changing nation in which these ballads were wrought."-Terence Hoagwood, Texas A&M University.

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