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Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print

Poetry and British Nationalisms in the Bardic Eighteenth Century

Imagined Antiquities

Authors: Strabone, Jeff

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  • Argues that through the collaboration of poets and antiquarians the English, Scottish, and Welsh nations came to imagine themselves the heirs to thousand-year-long cultural traditions that began with medieval bards
  • Engages with nationalism in greater depth than most literary studies
  • Complements several fields of study: the history of nationalism; Scottish and Welsh literatures; Romanticism across the British nations; ballad collecting; and historical poetics
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About this book

This book offers a radical new theory of the role of poetry in the rise of cultural nationalism. With equal attention to England, Scotland, and Wales, the book takes an Archipelagic approach to the study of poetics, print media, and medievalism in the rise of British Romanticism. It tells the story of how poets and antiquarian editors in the British nations rediscovered forgotten archaic poetic texts and repurposed them as the foundation of a new concept of the nation, now imagined as a primarily cultural formation. It also draws on legal and ecclesiastical history in drawing a sharp contrast between early modern and Romantic antiquarianisms. Equally a work of literary criticism and history, the book offers provocative new theorizations of nationalism and Romanticism and new readings of major British poets, including Allan Ramsay, Thomas Gray, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

About the authors

Jeff Strabone is Associate Professor of English at Connecticut College, USA, where he teaches the eighteenth century, British Romanticism, and African fiction. He received his PhD from New York University, USA.

Reviews

“Strabone … has a talent for throwing out big ideas that are useful to think with. … Strabone’s readings of ‘Kubla Khan’, in which the poet’s vision becomes a literary-historical allegory about the development of European poetry, and ‘Christabel’, in which Strabone scans Coleridge’s lines to find supposedly archaic feet, are genuinely exciting: they should secure Coleridge the bardic credentials long-ago awarded to Wordsworth.” (Rhys Kaminski-Jones, The Review of English Studies, Vol. 70 (296), September, 2019)
“There is much of real value here which will help to move the discipline forward, and when he is dealing with material that can be thoroughly researched alone by an anglophone scholar, Strabone’s work is often dependable, incisive and original.” (Rhys Kaminski-Jones, The Review of English Studies, June 01, 2019)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Beowulf or Brutus of Troy?

    Pages 1-76

    Strabone, Jeff

  • Allan Ramsay and Thomas Ruddiman: Two Ways of Reviving Scotland’s Dead Poets

    Pages 77-121

    Strabone, Jeff

  • The Fall and Rise of the Welsh Bards, or, How the English Became British

    Pages 123-214

    Strabone, Jeff

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Other Bardic Poets: Thomas Chatterton, Edward Jones, Iolo Morganwg, and Odin

    Pages 215-260

    Strabone, Jeff

  • Christabel and the Metre of “our oldest Writers in the most barbarous ages”

    Pages 261-297

    Strabone, Jeff

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eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-95255-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $79.99
$99.99 (listprice)
price for USA in USD
valid through December 31, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95254-3
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
$99.99 (listprice)
price for USA in USD
valid through December 31, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-07002-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Poetry and British Nationalisms in the Bardic Eighteenth Century
Book Subtitle
Imagined Antiquities
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95255-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95255-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95254-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07002-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 351
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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