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Poetry, Politics and Pictures

This collection offers new perspectives on the connections between politics, identity and representation in art and poetry in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain and Europe. Contributions explore questions such as the following: what was the effect of the reciprocity of political, religious and artistic influence in nineteenth-century Britain and Europe? How were key political moments or movements influenced by or influential on literary and artistic form? How did the styles and forms of the past shape the political expressions of the nineteenth-century present? By what means did politically inflected art and literature shape the emerging construction of national, class or religious identities in the nineteenth century? Ranging across not only Britain but also France, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Spain and Italy, the essays draw on different discourses and art forms. They all utilise concepts of cultural materialism to shape an understanding of the contingent relationships between national and international public discourse and identity, political change and cultural production as well as the reproduction, translation, influence and dissemination of both politics and culture in art and literature.
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Contents: Jan Dirk Baetens: Form, Reform and Reformation: The Politics of Pre-Rubenism - Debbie Bark: Poetry of Social Conscience, Poetry of Transition: Ann Hawkshaw's `Introductory Stanzas' and `The Mother to her Starving Child' - Eric Storm: Crushed between Gauguin and Picasso: Ignacio Zuloaga's Depictions of Spain and the Politics of Nationalism - Timothy Baycroft: Images of France and the French: Political Identities in the Nineteenth Century - Wilfred Jack Rhoden: The Paradoxes of Republican Masculinity: French Political Caricature, 1866-1870 - Charlotte Ashby: The Kalevala: Imagining the Finnish Past, Envisioning the Finnish Future - Joan Allen: `God's alchemy': Interrogating National Identity in the Life and Writings of John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890) - Michael Perraudin: Georg Weerth's The Flower Festival of the English Workers and Other Sketches from Britain: Proletarians and Heroes - Ingrid Hanson: Socialist Identity and the Poetry of European Revolution in Commonweal, 1885-1890 - Gregorio Alonso: `Not so faithful nations': The Second Reformation and Religious Persecution in Catholic Europe - Eleonora Sasso: `Reverberant echoes - Love and Change and Fate': W. M. Rossetti's Democratic Sonnets and European Heroic Poetry.

About the Author

Ingrid Hanson is a lecturer in nineteenth-century literature at the University of Hull. She is the author of William Morris and the Uses of Violence (2013); her work has also been published in Review of English Studies, English and the Journal of William Morris Studies. Wilfred Jack Rhoden is a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Sheffield. He writes primarily about nineteenth-century French political history and has a keen interest in caricature and the press. E. E. Snyder is Digital Arts and Humanities Manager at the University of Nottingham. She writes on nineteenth-century British literature and science.

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