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Roman Presences
Receptions of Rome in European Culture, 1789–1945

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Catharine Edwards, Duncan F. Kennedy, Stephen Bann, Valérie Huet, Javed Majeed, Norman Vance, Chloe Chard, John Lyon, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Frank M. Turner, Maria Wyke, Marla Stone, Volker Losemann, Charles Martindale
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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036177

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  • Exploring the significance of Rome from the late eighteenth century to 1945, scholars from several disciplines, including English literature and history of art as well as classics, discuss a wide range of images and texts, from statues of Napoleon to Freud's dream analysis. Rome's astonishing range of meanings has made it a fertile paradigm for making sense of--and also for problematizing--history, politics, identity, memory and desire.

    • This collection of studies explores in-depth receptions of Roman antiquity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century European culture
    • Contains contributions from several disciplines - classics, English literature, art history, history
    • Argues, contrary to more recent views - e.g. those of Richard Jenkyns - that Rome continues to be an important influence in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, though in a transmuted form
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    "...thoughtful and wide-ranging..." American Historical Review

    "...the majority of the essays...offer sound academic approaches to their respective topics." - Christina Juma Loughborough University

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    • Date Published: April 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036177
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.462kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Preface and acknowledgements
    Introduction: shadows and fragments Catharine Edwards
    1. A sense of place: Rome, history and empire revisited Duncan F. Kennedy
    2. Envisioning Rome: Granet and Gibbon in dialogue Stephen Bann
    3. Napoleon I: a new Augustus? Valérie Huet
    4. Translating empire? Macaulay's Rome Catharine Edwards
    5. Comparativism and references to Rome in British imperial attitudes to India Javed Majeed
    6. Decadence and the subversion of empire Norman Vance
    7. The road to ruin: memory, ghosts, moonlight and weeds Chloe Chard
    8. Henry James and the anxiety of Rome John Lyon
    9. 'The monstrous diversion of a show of gladiators': Simeon Solomon's Habet! Elizabeth Prettejohn
    10. Christians and pagans in Victorian novels Frank M. Turner
    11. Screening ancient Rome in the new Italy Maria Wyke
    12. A flexible Rome: Fascism and the cult of romanità Marla Stone
    13. The Nazi concept of Rome Volker Losemann
    14. Ruins of Rome: T. S. Eliot and the presence of the past Charles Martindale

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    Catharine Edwards, University of Bristol


    Catharine Edwards, Duncan F. Kennedy, Stephen Bann, Valérie Huet, Javed Majeed, Norman Vance, Chloe Chard, John Lyon, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Frank M. Turner, Maria Wyke, Marla Stone, Volker Losemann, Charles Martindale

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