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Historical Literatures
Author: Noelle Gallagher

ISBN: 9780719099243
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17 December 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.6
'I have called my poem historical, not epic,' John Dryden explained in the dedication to his panegyric Annus Mirabilis, 'though both the actions and actors are as much heroic, as any poem can contain.'While it's unlikely that any critic today would class Annus Mirabilis with Paradise Lost and the Iliad, it seems remarkable that the poem's other purposeits role as 'an historical poem'has so sharply receded from view. Historical Literatures recovers the forgotten historiographical element in works like Dryden's, surveying some of the many different forms in which Restoration and early-eighteenth-century writers represented their nation's past. In the process, it reveals that many of the genres we now view primarily as 'literary'verse satire and panegyric, memoir, scandal chroniclewere also being used to represent historical phenomena. Like Dryden, many Restoration and early-eighteenth-century writers made their choice of historical subject matter into an explicit topic for discussion, presenting themselves as historians or describing their works as contributions to an English historical tradition. Working outside the boundaries of formal historical narrative, writers l...

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