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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.

Victorian Literature and Culture Series

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 19-58
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  1. One: The Ethical-Aesthetic Challenge to Epic
  2. pp. 59-103
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  1. Two: Romantic Liberal Epic
  2. pp. 104-140
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  1. Three: Epic History, The Novel, and War in the 1850s
  2. pp. 141-169
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  1. Four: Utilitarianism and the Intellectual Critique of War
  2. pp. 170-194
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  1. Five: Popeian Strategies in Primitive and Modern War Epic
  2. pp. 195-219
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  1. Six: Liberal Epic Before the Great War
  2. pp. 220-252
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  1. Seven: From Liberal Epic to Epic Liberalism
  2. pp. 253-282
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 283-292
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 293-306
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 307-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-324
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813931500
Related ISBN
9780813931456
MARC Record
OCLC
784960317
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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