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Liberal Epic

The Victorian Practice of History from Gibbon to Churchill
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ISBN-13:
9780813931500
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
336
Autor:
Edward Adams
Serie:
Victorian Literature and Culture Series University of Virginia Press
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
2 - DRM Adobe
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In Liberal Epic, Edward Adams examines the liberal imagination's centuries-long dependence on contradictory, and mutually constitutive,
attitudes toward violent domination. Adams centers his ambitious analysis on a series of major
epic poems, histories, and historical novels, including Dryden's
Aeneid, Pope's Iliad, Gibbon's
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Byron's Don
Juan, Scott's Life of Napoleon, Napier's
History of the War in the Peninsula, Macaulay's History of
England, Hardy's Dynasts, and Churchill's military
histories-works that rank among the most important publishing events of the past three centuries
yet that have seldom received critical attention relative to their importance. In recovering
these neglected works and gathering them together as part of a self-conscious literary tradition
here defined as liberal epic, Adams provides an archaeology that sheds light on contemporary
issues such as the relation of liberalism to war, the tactics for sanitizing heroism, and the
appeal of violence to supposedly humane readers.