Britannia's issue : the rise of British literature from Dryden to Ossian /

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Main Author: Weinbrot, Howard D.
Format: Book
Published:Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
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Table of Contents:
  • Acknowledgments and editorial notes
  • Introduction: an overview of scope and method
  • Part I. Contexts: Intellectual, Psychological and National: Prologue to part I
  • 1. Moderns, ancients and the secular: the limits of southern hegemony
  • 2. The spiritual: truth was not the inclination of the first ages
  • 3. An ambition to excel
  • 4. The making of a modern canon
  • Part II. Texts Within Contexts
  • Essaying England: Our Genius, Our Clime: Prologue to part II
  • 5. Dryden's 'Essay of Dramatick Poesie': the poetics of nationalism
  • 6. Homeric wars
  • 7. The 'Pax Romana' and the 'Pax Britannica': the ethics of war and the ethics of trade
  • 8. 'Windsor Forest' and 'The Rape of the Lock'
  • Part III. Growing On One's Own: The British Ode From Cowley to Gray: Prologue to part III
  • 9. Greek jockeys and British heroes: the rise and fall of the Pindaric ode
  • 10. Odes to the nation and the north: Dryden, Collins and Gray
  • Part IV. Expanding the Borders
  • Jews and Jesus: This Israel, This England: Prologue to part IV
  • 11. The house of David and the house of St. George: philosemitism, Hebrews, and Handel
  • 12. Beyond the Hebrew leaven: smart and the God in Christ
  • Part V. Celts, Germans, and Scots: Towards a United Kingdom: Prologue to part V
  • 13. Celtic Scotland
  • 14. Ossian in Scotland, Great Britain and modern Europe: joining Britannia's issue
  • 15. Conclusion: synthesizing all the nations under heaven
  • Appendix
  • Index

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