The New Antiquity

Romantic Paganism

The Politics of Ecstasy in the Shelley Circle

Authors: Barnett, Suzanne L.

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  • Addresses, for the first time, the role played by a specifically wild and ecstatic paganism (as opposed to “Hellenism” or “classicism”) in British Romanticism
  • Explores the idea that the Shelley circle self-consciously adopts paganism as a symbolic embrace of chaos
  • Makes groundbreaking use of the younger romantics’ journals and correspondence
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This book addresses the function of the classical world in the cultural imaginations of the second generation of romantic writers: Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Thomas Love Peacock, John Keats, Leigh Hunt, and the rest of their diverse circle. The younger romantics inherited impressions of the ancient world colored by the previous century, in which classical studies experienced a resurgence, the emerging field of comparative mythography investigated the relationship between Christianity and its predecessors, and scientific and archaeological discoveries began to shed unprecedented light on the ancient world. The Shelley circle embraced a specifically pagan ancient world of excess, joy, and ecstatic experiences that test the boundaries between self and other. Though dubbed the “Satanic School” by Robert Southey, this circle instead thought of itself as “Athenian” and frequently employed mythology and imagery from the classical world that was characterized not by philosophy and reason but by wildness, excess, and ecstatic experiences.

About the authors

Suzanne L. Barnett is Assistant Professor of English at Francis Marion University in South Carolina, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Pretty Paganisms and Satanic Schools

    Pages 1-23

    Barnett, Suzanne L.

  • “The Wrecks of the Greek Mythology”: Paganism, Popishness, Atheism, and Decadence in the Eighteenth Century

    Pages 25-84

    Barnett, Suzanne L.

  • “Cheerfulness and a Sense of Justice”: Dionysus, Nympholepsy, and the Religion of Joy

    Pages 85-133

    Barnett, Suzanne L.

  • “Prattling about Greece and Rome”: Paganism, Presumption, and Gender

    Pages 135-166

    Barnett, Suzanne L.

  • “The Great God Pan is Alive Again”: Peacock and Shelley in Marlow

    Pages 167-213

    Barnett, Suzanne L.

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eBook $84.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Romantic Paganism
Book Subtitle
The Politics of Ecstasy in the Shelley Circle
Authors
Series Title
The New Antiquity
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54723-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54723-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54722-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85463-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 305
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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