Following years of ridicule and disregard, James Macpherson's "Ossian" is attracting serious study. This volume is a reappraisal of the poet and his reception in the European literary world of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Contributors from the fields of Celtic studies, English and German literature, history and philosophy take a fresh look at different aspects of the "Ossian" phenomenon, which include Macpherson's place within authentic Gaelic tradition, the reception of "Ossian" by the English Romantics, the marketing of "Ossian" in Germany and the implications of the "Ossian" phenomenon for the literary canon.
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- Hardback | 256 pages
- 165.1 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
- 01 Jul 1991
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Table of contents
The Gaelic ballads of Scotland - creativity and adaptation, Donald Meek; dangerous success - Ossian, Wordsworth and Romantic literature, Fiona Stafford; the marketing of Macpherson - the international book trade and the first phase of German Ossian reception, Uwe Boker; the source of daily and exalted pleasure - Jefferson reads the poems of Ossian, Paul Degategno; Ossian and the canon in the Scottish Enlightenment, John Price; a bulky and foolish treatise? - Hugh Blair's "Critical Dissertation" reconsidered, Steve Rizza; Ossian and Hume, David Raynor; the melancholy savage - text and context in the poems of Ossian, John Dwyer; Percy, Shaw and the Ferguson "cheat" - national prejudice in the Ossian wars, Richard Sher.