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Centaur-songs: Romanticism and broken forms

Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

in Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song: From the Blues to the Baltic

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262887
eISBN:
9780191734441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262887.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter discusses the broken forms of fragments and Romanticism. The Ossian fragments, which can be found in the poems of ‘Ossian’, are first examined. Most of the discussion focuses on these ... More


The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period

Edward Larrissy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748632817
eISBN:
9780748651696
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632817.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This book examines the philosophical and literary background to representations of blindness and the blind in the Romantic period. In detailed studies of literary works the author shows how the topic ... More


Romance, the Aeolian Harp, and the Theft of History

Murray Pittock

in Scottish and Irish Romanticism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232796
eISBN:
9780191716409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232796.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter mainly deals with three topics: the attack by Scottish Enlightenment historiography on the earlier historiography of Scotland, and specifically the idea of a usable national past; the ... More


The Very Idea: Epic in the Head

Herbert F. Tucker

in Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232987
eISBN:
9780191716447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232987.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This preliminary chapter undertakes three tasks. Against combined theoretical dismissal and literary-historical neglect, it defends the 19th-century viability of epic, which at that juncture like ... More


‘Oral Tradition’: The Evolution of an Eighteenth-Century Concept

Nicholas Hudson

in Tradition in Transition: Women Writers, Marginal Texts, and the Eighteenth-Century Canon

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182887
eISBN:
9780191673900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182887.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, 18th-century Literature

‘Oral tradition’, in a recognizably modern form, is a coinage of the 18th century. Yet even in the 18th century this concept was controversial and its acceptance slow and uncertain. Two major ... More


Celts, Goths, and the Nature of the Literary Source

Nick Groom

in Tradition in Transition: Women Writers, Marginal Texts, and the Eighteenth-Century Canon

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182887
eISBN:
9780191673900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182887.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines James Macpherson’s sensational Ossian (1760–5) and its relevance to Percy’s Reliques (1765), arguing that Thomas Percy’s work, which began as a straightforward response to the ... More


The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

Fiona J. Stafford

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112228
eISBN:
9780191670718
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112228.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This book describes and analyses the enduring interest in the last of the race through investigation into different treatments by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers. The analysis is ... More


The Indian Song

Tim Fulford

in Romantic Indians: Native Americans, British Literature, and Transatlantic Culture 1756-1830

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199273379
eISBN:
9780191706332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273379.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter focuses on songs, including ballads by white authors in the manner of Indians. Writers, novelists, and poets considered include Percy, Woodsworth, Southey, and Coleridge.


The Last Bards

Fiona J. Stafford

in The Last of the Race: The Growth of a Myth from Milton to Darwin

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112228
eISBN:
9780191670718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112228.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter discusses the mythic power of the last bards, focusing on works such as James Macpherson's translations of ‘Ossian’ (1760–3); Thomas Gray's ‘The Bard’ (1757); and Oliver Goldsmith's ‘The ... More


A Feminine Enlightenment: British Women Writers and the Philosophy of Progress, 1759-1820

JoEllen DeLucia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748695942
eISBN:
9781474408677
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695942.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

A Feminine Enlightenment argues that women writers shaped Enlightenment conversations regarding the role of sentiment and gender in the civilizing process. By reading women’s literature alongside ... More


Songs of the Enlightenment Bard: Essay on “Homer und Ossian” 1794

Philip V. Bohlman

in Song Loves the Masses: Herder on Music and Nationalism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520234949
eISBN:
9780520966444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234949.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Herder turned to the imaginary Scottish bard, Ossian, again at the end of his life, this time comparing him directly to Homer. In Chapter 5 Herder admits clearly that he recognizes that Ossian was ... More


Tristram Shandy and the Freshest Moderns

Thomas Keymer

in Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199245925
eISBN:
9780191715341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245925.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

By re-emerging at irregular intervals on the literary culture of the 1760s, absorbing or addressing its new products, Sterne could make available to himself an inexhaustible repertoire of ... More


Stepping Westward: Writing the Highland Tour c. 1720-1830

Nigel Leask

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780198850021
eISBN:
9780191884498
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198850021.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Stepping Westward is the first book of its kind dedicated to the literature of the Scottish Highland tour 1720-1830, a major cultural phenomenon that attracted writers and artists like Pennant, ... More


The Politics and Poetics of the ‘Scottish Gothic’ from Ossian to Otranto and Beyond

Carol Margaret Davison

in Scottish Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474408196
eISBN:
9781474434508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408196.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

As Murray Pittock has cogently argued, the eighteenth century was ‘the historic battleground of the formation of Great Britain’ (1997: 1). In terms of Anglo-Scottish relations during this era, a ... More


Plaiding The Invention of Scotland

Murray Pittock

in From Tartan to Tartanry: Scottish Culture, History and Myth

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748638772
eISBN:
9780748653539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638772.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter notes that in 1983, Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger published what was to become regarded as a key study, The Invention of Tradition, with Cambridge University Press. It reports that it ... More


Scotland’s Hard Country

Jenni Calder

in Lost in the Backwoods: Scots and the North American Wilderness

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748647392
eISBN:
9780748689279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647392.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter discusses the early depiction of parts of Scotland as barbaric obstacles to civilisation and stable government, and the changes in perception that came in the late eighteenth and ... More


The Poetics of Nature in Ossian and Staël

Tili Boon Cuillé

in Divining Nature: Aesthetics of Enchantment in Enlightenment France

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781503613362
eISBN:
9781503614178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503613362.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

France’s frame of reference shifted northward when James Macpherson went in search of the Scots national epic, returning with poems attributed to the third-century bard Ossian. Though denounced as a ... More


New Sensibility, New Knowledge, New Institutions

Robert Morrissey

in The Economy of Glory: From Ancien Regime France to the Fall of Napoleon

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226924588
eISBN:
9780226924595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924595.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

What might be called the last battle between the Ancients and the Moderns plays itself out on multiple levels. Madame de Staël, a staunch opponent of Napoleon, explores the role of glory in the light ... More


The Politics of Unemployment in Depression-Era Detroit, 1927–1931

Beth Tompkins Bates

in The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807835647
eISBN:
9781469601571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837450_bates.10
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines Henry Ford's and Frank Murphy's different responses to the national economic crisis, the Great Depression, and the shifting of loyalties within black Detroit. Frank Murphy was a ... More


Forging a nation: the spurious histories of Charles Bertram and James Macpherson

Alan Montgomery

in Classical Caledonia: Roman History and Myth in Eighteenth-Century Scotland

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781474445641
eISBN:
9781474491266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474445641.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

Chapter eight examines two texts which would have a dramatic impact on early modern attitudes towards ancient Scotland. The so-called De Situ Britanniae, ‘discovered’ by Englishman Charles Bertram in ... More


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