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Book Reviews: Ideologies of Epic: Nation, Empire and Victorian Epic Poetry.

Denman, Peter (2000) Book Reviews: Ideologies of Epic: Nation, Empire and Victorian Epic Poetry. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

The epic is pre-eminently the poem of nationality, and as such it presupposes a univocal and shared culture for its effective production and reception.Colin Graham looks at the work of three nineteenth-century poets who engaged with the epic, Tennyson, Samuel Ferguson, and Edwin Arnold and examines how they dealt with the inherent monologism of the form in the context of the various national, imperial and colonial forces of the age. But for these nineteenth-century poets, writing in an age of imperial expansion and consolidation, of assimilation and supression of difference, and of emergent cultural nationalism, the epic form proves to be refractory and fractured, no matter how earnest the underlying aspiration to a homogenizing vision.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Irish University Review: Vol.30 No.1 pages 192-194
Keywords: Ideologies; Nation; Empire; Victorian Epic Poetry;
Subjects: Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy > English, Media & Theatre Studies
Item ID: 804
Depositing User: Peter Denman
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2007
Refereed: Yes
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