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By Gerard Carruthers, Alan Rawes

This research examines the interface among one of the most authoritative Romantic writers and "Celticism", an emergent strand of cultural ethnicity through the eighteenth century. The accrued essays study engagement with Celtic tradition by means of writers resembling Blake, Wordsworth, Scott, Byron and Shelley, in addition to engagement with the Romantic sensibility by way of these from "within" the Celtic international locations of england. the gathering, therefore defines the variations among "Celtic" and "British" within the Romantic interval.

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68 Flaxman in his University College, Oxford monument depicts three native scholars sitting at the Orientalist’s feet, but Jones’s anti-Eurocentric reversal of these roles best illustrates that the production of colonial knowledge might prove a pluralist dialogic process in which Celt and Indian both participated. chap t e r 3 The critical response to Ossian’s Romantic bequest Dafydd R. 1 The supposed remains of the third-century Gaelic warrior and poet Ossian, son of Fingal (or Fionn as he is more usually known in Gaelic), Ossian stands as a nexus between a variety of cultural and literary idioms and value systems.

In helping to construct the Romantic mythical image of India, Jones was simultaneously reintroducing Indians to their own cultural heritage. 67 Within three decades East Indiamen were importing Kalid ˜ asa, ˜ Jayad´eva, and Asiatick Researches, genuine ‘infidel’ knowledge to be reprinted and pirated across Europe. The success of Jones’s cultural translation introduced a period of Indomania which could relish a domesticated Hinduism ‘safe for Anglicans’. 68 Flaxman in his University College, Oxford monument depicts three native scholars sitting at the Orientalist’s feet, but Jones’s anti-Eurocentric reversal of these roles best illustrates that the production of colonial knowledge might prove a pluralist dialogic process in which Celt and Indian both participated.

52 Meanwhile, by means of a new historical and comparative a posteriori linguistic method, Sir William Jones in Bengal was simultaneously laying the foundations of modern comparative philology and consigning Phoenicianism to the backwaters of ethnological enquiry. 53 History has vindicated Jones, reducing Vallancey to the level of speculative blunderer, but each was concerned to establish a cultural link between East and West wherein the colonised, whether Hindu or Celt, might appear in a superior light to the coloniser.

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