The Reception of Ossian in Europe (English)by Howard Gaskill
Condition Brand New
Macpherson's Ossian caused a sensation on its first appearance in the early 1760s. Contrary to the impression often conveyed in literary histories, enthusiasm for the Ossianic poetry cannot be dismissed as a short-lived fad, for its appeal lasted a century or more, both in Britain and Continental Europe. There is hardly a major Romantic poet on whom it failed to make a significant impact. And as may be seen from the contributions to this volume, its influence was ubiquitous, from Poland to Portugal, from Paris to Prague. The essays brought together here consider the reception of Ossian in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, as well as in a wide range of European countries. In some the focus is on an individual writer (for instance, Goethe, Schiller, Chateaubriand), in others there is a broader sweep and a survey of reception in a national literary culture is offered (for instance, Hungary, Russia, Sweden). One of the two essays on Ossian in Italy at last gives Macpherson's influential epigone, John Smith, his due. Consideration is also given to Ossian's significance for the rise of historicism, and to nonliterary forms of reception in music and art.