Enlightenment and romance in James Macpherson's The poems of Ossian : myth, genre & cultural change /
Dafydd Moore.
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2003.
ix, 187 p.
0754609731 (alk. paper)
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Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2003.
0754609731 (alk. paper)
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Based on author's thesis (doctoral).
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Focusing upon Macpherson's 'The Poems of Ossian', Dafydd Moore situates Ossian within the political and cultural scene of Scotland and Britain in the 18th century and within the discourses of sentiment and the sublime as literary and cultural phenomena.
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This study examines the relationship between Enlightenment and romance through the work of James Macpherson and in particular his The Poems of Ossian. By re-reading Macpherson's work in ways not restricted by the sterile and by now largely settled debates over authenticity, Moore establishes Ossian's credentials to be considered as romance, in its manner of construction, its represented sensibility, and in its engagement with the potentialities and limitations of eighteenth-century discourses of sympathy and society.An increasing amount has been written on Macpherson over the last ten or so years, and at last it seems possible to talk about The Poems of Ossian without reference to questions of authenticity or charges of forgery. Yet the polarised debate over the authenticity of the Poems has been superseded by equally polarised arguments about such matters as the cultural significance and politics of Ossian, arguments in which the poems have been used as a convenient peg on which to hang various, often predetermined, positions. Fresh and groundbreaking, this study recentres Ossian revisionism by providing an account of a series of works increasingly talked about, but still little read or understood.
Table of Contents
The Ossianic epic and the 18th-century romance
Ossian, romance and source
Ossian, sentimentalism and the modalities of romance
Ossian and the romance of muscular sensibility
Sympathy, community and the sentimental sublime
Ossian and the romance of defeat
Conclusion: After Ossian?
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