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Title:Consequential ground: Memorials of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Romantic culture 1793-1877
Author(s):Sellers Jr., Edward Jordan
Director of Research:Underwood, Ted
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Underwood, Ted
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Nazar, Hina; Wood, Gillen D.; Hay, James
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Napoleonic Wars
historic sites
war in literature
Great Britain
Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850
Thelwall, John, 1764-1834
Radcliffe, Ann Ward, 1764-1823
Hemans, Felicia Dorothea Browne, 1793-1835
Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Seacole, Mary, 1805-1881
Hill, Octavia, 1838-1912
Elliot, Ebenezer, 1781-1849
Godwin, William, 1756-1836
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900
Nelson, Horatio Nelson, Viscount, 1758-1805
Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852
Abstract:As we mark the bicentenary of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars what memorials of the wars have we inherited? And who bequeathed that inheritance to posterity? From the Victorian monuments that remain, it would seem that the heritage of war was coherently patriotic and evidence of a pro-war, pro-victory popular culture. But there’s another heritage of war that time has obscured: the failures to remember, the ambivalent erasures of war, and the anti-heroic memorial culture that thrived in politically progressive circles during and after the wars. Although one legacy of the wars is a patriotic myth of England’s martial preparedness embodied in monuments to the likes of Wellington and Nelson, this dissertation will argue that our modern conceptions of Britain’s national heritage are dependent upon a different legacy: the Romantic-era critiques of literary radicals against public war memorials. The intellectual roots of heritage consciousness in Britain run through literature that changed the way that Britons remembered the loss occasioned by war. Romantic writers promoted a conception of historical property as a collective inheritance, and in the process of disputing the memory of individual war heroes, they created the cultural conditions under which the charitable heritage societies of the late Victorian era would succeed in the work of preserving the past for all.
Issue Date:2019-11-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Jordan Sellers (Edward Jordan Sellers Jr.)
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-02
Date Deposited:2019-12

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