National Poetry, Empires and War - Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature (Hardback)David Aberbach (author)
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Nationalism has given the world a genre of poetry bright with ideals of justice, freedom and the brotherhood of man, but also, at times, burning with humiliation and grievance, hatred and lust for revenge, driving human kind, as the Austrian poet Grillparzer put it, `From humanity via nationality to bestiality'. National Poetry, Empires and War considers national poetry, and its glorification of war, from ancient to modern times, in a series of historical, social and political perspectives.
Starting with the Hebrew Bible and Homer and moving through the Crusades and examples of subsequent empires, this book has much on pre-modern national poetry but focuses chiefly on post-1789 poetry which emerged from the weakening and collapse of empires, as the idealistic liberalism of nationalism in the age of Byron, Whitman, D'Annunzio, Yeats, Bialik, and Kipling was replaced by darker purposes culminating in World War I and the rise of fascism. Many national poets are the subject of countless critical and biographical studies, but this book aims to give a panoramic view of national poetry as a whole. It will be of great interest to any scholars of nationalism, Jewish Studies, history, comparative literature, and general cultural studies.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
"Aberbach has given us a remarkable, panoramic view of national poetry and by doing so has fashioned an important area of study wrongly neglected by both scholars of nationalism and literature." -- Steven Grosby, Clemson University, USA
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