Liberal Epic: The Victorian Practice of History from Gibbon to Churchill (Victorian Literature and Culture Series)

Liberal Epic: The Victorian Practice of History from Gibbon to Churchill (Victorian Literature and Culture Series)

Edward Adams


In Liberal Epic, Edward Adams examines the liberal imagination’s centuries-long dependence on contradictory, and jointly constitutive, attitudes towards violent domination. Adams facilities his formidable research on a sequence of significant epic poems, histories, and old novels, together with 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 warfare within the Peninsula, Macaulay’s History of England, Hardy’s Dynasts, and Churchill’s army histories―works that rank one of the most crucial publishing occasions of the prior 3 centuries but that experience seldom got serious realization relative to their significance. In improving those ignored works and amassing them jointly as a part of a self-conscious literary culture right here outlined as liberal epic, Adams presents an archaeology that sheds mild on modern concerns similar to the relation of liberalism to battle, the strategies for sanitizing heroism, and the allure of violence to supposedly humane readers.

Victorian Literature and tradition Series

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