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“Romantic ‘Dantism,’ travel, visions and exile: Byron, Ugo Foscolo and Henry Francis Cary,”

Oliver, S 2009, '“Romantic ‘Dantism,’ travel, visions and exile: Byron, Ugo Foscolo and Henry Francis Cary,”' , Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies, 10 (1) , pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

Europe in the early nineteenth century saw population migration and the shifting of national borders on a scale that had not been witnessed for several centuries, largely due to war and the effects of revolution. At the same time, an increased literary fascination with Dante’s Divina Commedia occurred, for reasons partly connected to travel and population movement. Whereas British Romantic Dantism has usually been addressed in terms of poetry and the Romantic visionary imagination, this article considers the ways in which Romantic writers sought to make connections between Dante’s early-fourteenth-century poetry and the concerns of early-nineteenth-century readers about cultural instability. It is not my intention to focus on fidelity to the original poem, or the quality of translations and editions of the Commedia. Rather, I consider the wider cultural poetics of the phenomenon of ‘Dantism’ and the visions of Anglo-Italian relations that it inspired in writers and readers. Some definitions should help to clarify a framework for

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Susan Oliver can also be contacted at susanoliver@mac.com
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dante; Divina Commedia; Divine Comedy; Inferno; Henry Francis Cary; The Vision: or, Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise of Dante Alighieri; Lord Byron; Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage; Prophecy of Dante; Ugo Foscolo; Edinburgh Review; Walter Scott; Thomas Campbell; Susan Sontag; elegy; exile; emigres; foreignness; displacement; cultural migration; cultural encounter; cosmopolitanism; Europeanism.
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Anglo-Italian Studies
Publisher: University of Malta, Institute of Anglo-Italian Studies
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: S Oliver
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 10:22
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:01
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/2565

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