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The Call of Classical Literature in the Romantic Age

K. P. Van Anglen and James Engell


The book reveals the extent to which writers we call “romantic” venerate and use the classics to serve their own ends in transforming poetry, epic, the novel, mythology, politics, and issues of race, as well as in practicing translation and reshaping models for a literary career and personal life. On both sides of the Atlantic the classics—including the surprising influence of Hebrew, regarded then as a classical language—play a major role in what becomes labeled Romanticism only much later in the nineteenth century. The relation between classic and romantic is not one of opposition but of a s ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, classics, classical, Hebrew, reception, transatlantic, slavery, aesthetics, epic, poetry, mythology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474429641
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K. P. Van Anglen, editor
Boston University

James Engell, editor
Harvard University

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Part I Classical Practice, Romantic Concerns, and Genre

Part II Wider Romantic Engagements with the Classical World


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