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Fictions and Fakes: Forging Romantic…

Fictions and Fakes: Forging Romantic Authenticity, 1760-1845 (2006)

by Margaret Russett

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Two weeks via inter-library loan was not enough time for me to get through the introduction to this collection of articles about fictions and fakes. John Ireland is mentioned---my reason for attempting the book. I'm out of practice trying to translate fancy words into concepts that I can grasp. (See the quotation on the main page.) The ideas in the book seem interesting and I'd like to try it again when I have more time and know what "quiddity of texts" means.
  raizel | Dec 2, 2009 |
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The most sterling reputation is, after all, but a species of imposture.
William Hazlitt, "On the Qualifications Necessary to Success in Life"
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To call Macpherson or Chatterton a "forger" is at the very least to court anachronism.
The archeology of the spurious clarifies the authenticating devices of the Romantic literary work, while also suggesting how canonical narratives of individual development naturalized the tropes of forgery and imposture. (p. 4-5)
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British Romantic literature descends from a line of impostors, forgers and frauds. Beginning with the golden age of forgery in the late eighteenth century and continuing through canonical Romanticism and its aftermath, Margaret Russett demonstrates how Romantic writers distinguished their fictions from the fakes surrounding them. The book includes works by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Walter Scott, John Clare, and James Hogg, as well as chapters on impostors in popular culture. Russett's interdisciplinary and wide-ranging study offers a major reinterpretation of Romanticism and its continuing influence in the present.

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