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Cockney Catullus: The Reception of Catullus in Romantic Britain, 1795-1821 (Henry Stead) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2015) 9780198744887
Cockney Catullus: The Reception of Catullus in Romantic Britain, 1795-1821 (Henry Stead) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2015) 9780198744887
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Title: A Cockney Catullus: The Reception of Catullus in Romantic Britain, 1795-1821

Author: Stead, Henry

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2015

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198744887

Volumes: 1; Pages: 352

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Catullus, one of the most Hellenizing, scandalous, and emotionally expressive of the Roman poets, burst onto the British cultural scene during the Romantic era. It was not until this socially, politically, and culturally explosive epoch, with its mania for all things Greek, that Catullus' work was first fully translated into English and played a key role in the countercultural and commercially driven classicism of the time. Previously marginalized on the traditional eighteenth-century curriculum as a charming but debauched minor love poet, Catullus was discovered as a major poetic voice in the late Georgian era by reformist emulators--especially in the so-called Cockney School--and won widespread respect. In this volume, Henry Stead pioneers a new way of understanding the key role Catullus played in shaping Romanticism by examining major literary engagements with Catullus, from John Nott of Bristol's pioneering book-length bilingual edition (1795), to George Lamb's polished verse translation (1821). He identifies the influence of Catullus' poetry in the work of numerous Romantic-era literary and political figures, including Byron, Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Hunt, Canning, Brougham, and Gifford, demonstrating the degree of its cultural penetration.Table of ContentsAcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsList of AbbreviationsSelect Timeline of Catullan EngagementIntroduction1. Catullus Unchained: The Translations of John Nott & George Lamb2. Catullus 64 in Translation and Allusioni. Translating 64: C.A. Elton and Frank Sayersii. Symbolic Allusion: T.L. Peacock, Leigh Hunt, and Keats3. Non-Cockney Responses to Catullusi. W.S. Landor, Wordsworth, Thomas Moore, and Lord Byronii. The Anti-Jacobinical Catullus4. Catullus The Reformer: Leigh Hunt's Reception5. Keats's Catullan SamphireConclusionAppendixSelect BibliographyIndex
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