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The romance of Italy and the English political imagination /
Maura O'Connor.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
description
x, 246 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0312210868
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
isbn
0312210868
catalogue key
2514879
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Maura O'Connor is Associate Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati
Summaries
Main Description
In blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, diplomats and travelers, English nation and Italian nation, Maura O'Connor shows us the extent to which imagination, pleasure, and politics were intimately interwoven in her story of the English middle-class fascination with the Italian peninsula from the early 1800s through the 1860s. O'Connor uses a variety of sources, ranging from travel writings and the popular press to diplomatic dispatches and official correspondence, to illustrate how influential the romance of Italy was to the bourgeois, liberal, and above all English social order during a time when class society was undergoing reconfiguration. Her use of the collective imagination as a crucial historical tool, and her emphasis on narrative as a means not only to read texts but also to understand political sources such as diplomatic documents as reflections of culture, make this a groundbreaking book which defies conventional categorization. Also included are the unique assertions that the concepts of Englishness and "England" were conceived in anything but isolation, and that neither high politics nor foreign policy may be viewed as domains separate from the forces of cultural imagination and production. A Political Romance is an innovative and interdisciplinary look at English identity and the role of Italy in its construction.
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In blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, diplomats and travelers, English nation and Italian nation, Maura O'Connor shows us the extent to which imagination, pleasure, and politics were intimately interwoven in her story of the English middle-class fascination with the Italian peninsula from the early 1800s through the 1860s. O'Connor uses a variety of sources, ranging from travel writings and the popular press to diplomatic dispatches and official correspondence, to illustrate how influential the romance of Italy was to the bourgeois, liberal, and above all English social order during a time when class society was undergoing reconfiguration. Her use of the collective imagination as a crucial historical tool, and her emphasis on narrative as a means not only to read texts but also to understand political sources such as diplomatic documents as reflections of culture, make this a groundbreaking book which defies conventional categorization. Also included are the unique assertions that the concepts of Englishness and "England" were conceived in anything but isolation, and that neither high politics nor foreign policy may be viewed as domains separate from the forces of cultural imagination and production.A Political Romanceis an innovative and interdisciplinary look at English identity and the role of Italy in its construction.
Unpaid Annotation
By blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction, diplomats and travelers, English nation and Italian nation, historian Maura O'Connor shows how imagination, pleasure, and politics are interwoven in her story of the English middle-class fascination with Italy from the early 1800s through the 1860s.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introduction: Crossing Boundariesp. 1
The English Cultural Imagination and Italyp. 13
English Mazzinians and the Romance of Liberal Politicsp. 57
Trespassing the Boundaries of Separate Spheres: The Gendered Politics of Italian Nationalismp. 93
The Cultural Politics of Diplomacyp. 117
Romancing the General: Garibaldi's Reception in Englandp. 149
Conclusionp. 187
Notesp. 191
Indexp. 241
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