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The Myth of the Renaissance in Nineteenth-Century Writing
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The Myth of the Renaissance in Nineteenth-Century Writing

J. B. Bullen

Abstract

Few people who use the word ‘Renaissance’ today realize that it is a comparatively recent historical idea, or that it is a ‘myth’ or story constructed by writers to explain the past. This innovative and wide-ranging book traces the genesis of that myth back to the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The seeds of the idea are to be found in Voltaire, but the book shows how it was taken up by French art historians and Gothic revivalists as an important element in the acrimonious political and religious debates with French historiography. The book’s main focus, however, is on English intell ... More

Keywords: Hugo, Renaissance, Voltaire, Pugin, Ruskin, Browning, George Eliot, Victorian England, Swinburne, Symonds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198128885
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128885.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. B. Bullen, author
University of Reading