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Poetry, Politics and Pictures

Culture and Identity in Europe, 1840–1914

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Edited By Ingrid Hanson, Jack Rhoden and Erin Snyder

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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Ahrenberg, Jac 169 Alcántara, Francisco de 81, 85 Alhama, Juan 257, 260, 261, 263 Anderson, Benedict 10 n. 1, 226, 227, 230, 233 Anti-Corn Law League 47 Armstrong, Isobel 4, 46, 62 art: academic 71, 79; applied 168, 172; authentic see authenticity; destruction of 83; humanitar- ian 32; interpretative 85; man as subject for 33; modern 67, 68, 84–6, 293; moral or anti- moral 69, 84–5, 81; and the nation 122 see also nationalism; naturalist 35, 37; of the past 21, 39; politics and 292; as provoca- tion 35, 74; public 184; realist see realism; regionalist 70; revival- ist 40; traditional folk 76 Austin, Alfred: ‘Rome or Death!’ 277, 281, 282; on Walt Whitman 283 authenticity: achieved through attention to detail 160; historical 26; of national expression 72; and the rural 73, 80; and tradition 68, 152, 167, 171 Azorín (pseudonym of José Martínez Ruiz) 67, 80, 81, 82, 85 Balmes, Jaume 264 Baroja, Pío 67, 81 Barrès, Maurice 69, 74, 76, 83, 86 Barthes, Roland 37, 227, 281–2, 290 Baudelaire, Charles 292–3 Bax, Ernest Belfort 228 Benjamin, Walter 227, 243, 290, 293 Bergson, Henri 69, 83 Bernard, Émile 69, 70, 71–2, 73, 78 Blanqui, Auguste 227, 228, 229, 239, 241; as martyr 225, 242; ‘Blan- qui’ 228–9 see also Pottier, Eugène Blasco Ibáñez, Vicente 80, 81 bodies 6, 10, 13, 139, 242; dead 225, 227, 228, 229, 231, 240–1; as evidence of national superiority...

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