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Lord Charlemont’s Dante and Irish Culture: A Whig Interpretation of Dante at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

George Talbot

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199584628
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739095 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584628.003.0016
Lord Charlemont’s Dante and Irish Culture: A Whig Interpretation of Dante at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century

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The seeds of Dante's modern afterlife in Irish culture were sown in the 1750s, and the process is bound up with personal friendships, with patronage, with Whig politics, with a university, and with a very particular notion of patriotism. This chapter demonstrates how, in the Ireland of the 1780s, writings by the Anglo-Irish Protestant Whig aristocrat Lord Charlemont contributed to contemporary political debates by means of the study of Italian literature and claimed the Italian Catholic poet for a northern Protestant canon.

Keywords: Dante; Irish culture; Whig politics; Lord Charlemont; Italian literature; Protestant canon; Italian Catholic poet

Chapter.  6752 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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