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This ebook explores a cultural language, the heroic, that remained regularly strong in the course of the social, political, and dynastic turbulence of the lengthy eighteenth century. The heroic supplied an obtainable and brilliant shorthand for the continuing ideological debates over the character of authority and gear, the development of a terrific masculinity, and the form of a brand new, British - instead of English - nationwide identification. An research of this cultural language and its varied valence over the years not just unpacks the overlap among aesthetic and political debate within the overdue 17th and early eighteenth centuries, but additionally firmly grounds the eighteenth-century's revolution in style and manners within the ongoing ideological debates approximately dynastic politics and the rules of authority. in particular, the publication strains the making and breaking of the Stuart mythology during the improvement of and assaults at the heroic mode from the recovery throughout the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Elaine McGirr is a Senior Lecturer within the departments of drama and English at Royal Holloway, college of London.

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