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Nationalism and Irony: Burke, Scott, Carlyle

Yoon Sun Lee

Abstract

In the late 18th and 19th centuries, non-English conservatives such as Burke, Scott, and Carlyle, among others, influentially shaped Britain's political attitudes and literary genres because they stressed the conventional, theatrical, and even fetishistic character of civic emotions such as patriotism — and they illuminated the crucial role that irony could play in the construction of nationalism. They represent a public sphere shaped less by natural sentiment or rationality than by equivocal, even ironic deference and a highly conventional suspension of disbelief in the face of political fict ... More

Keywords: nationalism, irony, Romantic, Britain, patriotism, sentiment, public sphere, Burke, Scott, Carlyle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195162356
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162356.001.0001

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Yoon Sun Lee, author
Wellesley College
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