Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Romans and Romantics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Timothy Saunders, Charles Martindale, Ralph Pite, and Mathilde Skoie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588541.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 13 November 2018

Republicanism, Stoicism, and Narcissism in Henrik Wergeland’s The Creation, Man, and Messiah

Republicanism, Stoicism, and Narcissism in Henrik Wergeland’s The Creation, Man, and Messiah

Chapter:
(p.243) 12 Republicanism, Stoicism, and Narcissism in Henrik Wergeland’s The Creation, Man, and Messiah
Source:
Romans and Romantics
Author(s):

Jørgen Magnus Sejersted

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588541.003.0013

This chapter discusses the Norwegian poet Henrik Wergeland (1808–45) and the depictions of Roman culture in his main work Skabelsen, Mennesket og Messias (The Creation, Man and Messiah) of 1830. This giant poem of approximately 600 pages, influenced by Byron, describes the world from its mythological origins until the death of Christ, and culminates in a utopian revolution. This totalizing vision of an inspired Romantic strives to encompass elements of a strong Enlightenment tradition. The chapter argues that, within this mythopoetic Romantic universe, Roman culture defines lost republicanism, pragmatic stoicism, and constrained (sexual) narcissism. In representing the necessary boundaries within the otherwise explosive Self, figures such as Pilate and Cato demonstrate the inner tensions of the romantic imagination.

Keywords:   Byron, Cato, Jesus Christ, The Creation, Man and Messiah, Skabelsen, Mennesket og Messias, narcissism, Norwegian romanticism, Pilate

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .