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Chapter 7 - Heroic Styles: The Tradition of an Idea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 June 2021

Seamus Deane
Affiliation:
University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Joe Cleary
Affiliation:
Yale University, Connecticut
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Summary

It is possible to write about literature without adverting in any substantial way to history. Equally, it is possible to write history without any serious reference to literature. Yet both literature and history are discourses which are widely recognized to be closely related to one another because they are both subject to various linguistic protocols which, in gross or in subtle ways, determine the structure and meaning of what is written. We have many names for these protocols. Some are very general indeed – Romanticism, Victorianism, Modernism. Some are more specific – Idealist, Radical, Liberal. Literature can be written as History, History as Literature. It would be foolhardy to choose one among the many competing variations and say that it is true on some specifically historical or literary basis.

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Ireland, 1798–2018
, pp. 133 - 148
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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