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Dante’s British PublicReaders and Texts, from the Fourteenth Century to the Present$
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Nick Havely

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212446.001.0001

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Expatriate Poetics: Foscolo and the British Public

Expatriate Poetics: Foscolo and the British Public

(p.128) 5 Expatriate Poetics: Foscolo and the British Public
Dante’s British Public

Nick Havely

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by considering Foscolo’s self-presentation as exile, and the ways in which his poetic (and exiled) predecessor contributed to that image. It then focuses upon some of the cultural and material contexts of his work in presenting Dante to a new public, giving attention to the production of texts (translations, editions of, and commentaries on the Commedia) for the British market early in the nineteenth century. Finally, it considers the role and interests of those who sought to promote the project and were in one way or another influenced by or interested in it (thus including some reference to British expatriates in Italy, such as Taaffe, Byron, and the Shelleys). It seeks to relate Foscolo’s writing in exile to the demands and interests of what William St Clair has called the British ‘reading nation in the Romantic period’.

Keywords:   exile, editions, translations, commentaries, publishers, Foscolo, Romanticism

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