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Necromanticism : traveling to meet the dead, 1750-1860 /
Paul Westover.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
viii, 217 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230304435 (hardback), 9780230304437 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
0230304435 (hardback)
9780230304437 (hardback)
catalogue key
8352426
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-207) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Paul Westover is Assistant Professor of English at Brigham Young University, USA.
Reviews
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"Necromanticism is a critically reflective, thoroughly researched, and unexpectedly upbeat study of literary necro-tourism in Britain, associated Anglo-American discourses and cultural practises, and the implications for modern scholarly interpretations of Romantic historiography, reading and canon-making." - Samantha Matthews, University of Bristol, UK
'This book is an excellent addition to the wave of scholarship that makes up Romantic print culture, literary reception and poetic afterlife' - Times Literary Supplement 'This well-researched and thought-provoking study focuses on the search for physical places, especially graves, associated with revered authors, and on the spiritual communion that was thought possible at such sites between dead writer and living reader. Westover sheds fascinating new light on literary genres, touristic practices, canon-formation, and cultural nationalism, and spars entertainingly with current critical trends. This investigation of the cult of the literary dead brings Romantic culture very much alive.' - Professor Robin Jarvis, University of the West of England, UK
'This well-researched and thought-provoking study focuses on the search for physical places, especially graves, associated with revered authors, and on the spiritual communion that was thought possible at such sites between dead writer and living reader. Westover sheds fascinating new light on literary genres, touristic practices, canon-formation, and cultural nationalism, and spars entertainingly with current critical trends. This investigation of the cult of the literary dead brings Romantic culture very much alive.' - Professor Robin Jarvis, University of the West of England, UK
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Summaries
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Necromanticism is a study of literary pilgrimage: readers' compulsion to visit literary homes, landscapes, and graves during the long Romantic period. This text draws on the histories of tourism and literary genres to highlight Romanticism's recourse to the dead in its reading, writing, and canon-making practices.
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Necromanticism is a study of literary tourism and the cult of the literary dead in the long Romantic period
Long Description
Necromanticism is a book about literary tourism-readers' compulsion to visit homes, landscapes, and (especially) graves-in the long Romantic period. With textured case studies involving a range of authors, from William Godwin to Felicia Hemans and Walter Scott, this study describes literary tourism as an essentially Romantic invention, closely tied with what people in the Romantic era felt it meant to read and write. At the same time, it unfolds tourism's importance to Romanticism's canon-making practices, both national and transatlantic. Contributing a fresh understanding of Romantic literary texts in the context of death-studies and travel history, Necromanticism highlights a complex of book-love and memorial ritual that has deeply influenced Anglophone literary culture, both in Britain and in the United States.
Main Description
'Necromanticism' is a study of literary pilgrimage: readers' compulsion to visit literary homes, landscapes, and (especially) graves during the long Romantic period. The book draws on the histories of tourism and literary genres to highlight Romanticism's recourse to the dead in its reading, writing, and canon-making practices.
Main Description
Necromanticism is a study of literary pilgrimage: readers' compulsion to visit literary homes, landscapes, and (especially) graves during the long Romantic period. The book draws on the histories of tourism and literary genres to highlight Romanticism's recourse to the dead in its reading, writing, and canon-making practices.
Main Description
Necromanticismis a study of literary pilgrimage: readers' compulsion to visit literary homes, landscapes, and (especially) graves during the long Romantic period. The book draws on the histories of tourism and literary genres to highlight Romanticism's recourse to the dead in its reading, writing, and canon-making practices.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introduction: Traveling to Meet the Deadp. 1
On Ideal Presencep. 17
The Origins of Literary Tourismp. 31
William Godwin, Necro-Tourism, and the Empirical Afterlife of the Deadp. 48
Imaginary Pilgrimages: Felicia Hemans, Dead Poets, and Romantic Historiographyp. 75
Interlude: Necromanticism and Romantic Authorshipp. 92
The Transatlantic Invention of "English" Literary Heritagep. 106
Illustration, Historicism, and Travel: The Legacy of Sir Walter Scottp. 142
Notesp. 174
Works Consultedp. 195
Indexp. 208
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