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Romanticism in Perspective:Texts, Cultures, Histories

The Romantic Cult of Shakespeare

Literary Reception in Anthropological Perspective

Authors: Davidhazi, P.

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Focusing on England, Hungary and on some other European countries, the book explores the latent religious patterns in the appropriation of Shakespeare from the 1769 Stratford Jubilee to the tercentenary of Shakespeare's birth in 1864. It shows how the Shakespeare cult used quasi-religious (verbal and ritual) means of reverence, how it made use of some romantic notions, and how the ensuing quasi-transcendental authority was utilized for political purposes. The book suggests a theoretical framework and a comprehensive anthropological context for the interpretation of literature.

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PETER DAVIDHAZI is Head of the Department of Nineteenth Century Literature in the Institute for Literary Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. He previously taught English literature at Eotvos Lorand University from 1973 to 1985. He published his first book God's Second Born: Anatomy of the Hungarian Cult of Shakespeare in 1989. His second book, Our Dead Master: Janos Arany's Critical Heritage, published in 1992, was a rediscovery of a great mid-nineteenth-century Hungarian poet as an interesting proto-structuralist critic; this monograph was awarded The Book of the Year Prize in Hungary in 1993. He edited (with Judith Karafiath) Literature and Its Cults: An Anthropological Approach, a collection of studies by sixteen European scholars, published in Budapest in 1994. Recently he co-edited (with Holger Klein) Shakespeare and Hungary, published in the US in 1996. Most of his studies and essays focus on problems taken from the history of literary reception and analyse them in a context provided by cultural anthropology.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • The Exploration of a Literary Cult: Theoretical Assumptions and Methodological Problems

    Dávidházi, Péter

    Pages 1-33

  • The Genesis of a Ritual: The Shakespeare Cult in English Romanticism

    Dávidházi, Péter

    Pages 34-107

  • A Middle European Case Study: The Development of the Shakespeare Cult in Hungary

    Dávidházi, Péter

    Pages 108-163

  • The European Context: Typological Problems of Dissemination

    Dávidházi, Péter

    Pages 164-195

  • The Postponed Question of Judgement: Functions and Values Reconsidered

    Dávidházi, Péter

    Pages 196-209

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Romantic Cult of Shakespeare
Book Subtitle
Literary Reception in Anthropological Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Romanticism in Perspective:Texts, Cultures, Histories
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights are restricted. Dual edition
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-37212-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230372122
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-21287-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-69827-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 240
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