From mythography to mythopoesis: the politics of romantic mythmaking

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dc.contributor Ulmer, William Andrew
dc.contributor Tedeschi, Stephen
dc.contributor Weiss, Deborah R.
dc.contributor Tsakiropoulou-Summers, Tatiana
dc.contributor.advisor Pionke, Albert D.
dc.contributor.author Hopper, Natalie Nicole
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:59:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:59:43Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001525
dc.identifier.other Hopper_alatus_0004D_11832
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1983
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This dissertation seeks to expand the way we approach myth in Romantic literature, regarding it not just as classical content but as a process by which authors--including modern ones--are able to universalize and disseminate specific political, poetic, and religious agendas. Mythography is only one aspect of the broader category of mythopoesis, a category that allows us to consider how generic decisions, rhetorical maneuvers, and formal devices can also be used to lend authority and credibility to an author's underlying message. Scholars interested in Romantic uses of myth traditionally explore the religious subversiveness of the Second Generation's pagan subjects or myth's role as a means of reconciling the ideal past and flawed present. While these studies have greatly improved our understanding of the relationship between literary myths and historical concerns, they approach myth only in terms of mythographic content, thereby dismissing Romantic authors' active participation in the mythmaking process. The dissertation begins with an analysis of the foundational work of conservative rhetoric and mythmaking, Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, but otherwise focuses on poetry composed between 1814 and 1822, the years leading up to and immediately following the Peterloo Massacre. Chapters in the dissertation explore conservative mythmaking, the responsibility Romantic poets assumed of using poetry for civic purposes, radical mythmaking leading up to Peterloo, and the growing intensity of myths produced in the massacre's aftermath.
dc.format.extent 193 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Literature
dc.subject.other British and Irish literature
dc.title From mythography to mythopoesis: the politics of romantic mythmaking
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of English
etdms.degree.discipline English
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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