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Unacknowledged Legislators – The Poet as Lawgiver in Post-Revolutionary France - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Unacknowledged Legislators: The Poet as Lawgiver in Post-Revolutionary France

Roger Pearson


Whereas the Romantic figure of the poet-prophet is now habitually dismissed as a cliché, this book focuses on the role of the poet as lawgiver and shows how pervasive and complex this conception of poetic writing was both immediately before the French Revolution of 1789 and over the following decades. After a Prologue, the Introduction presents the poet-lawgiver: first, in relation to Shelley’s ‘unacknowledged legislator’, the nomos of ancient Greek poetry, and Plato’s views on the poet’s function in an ideal republic; second, as revealing a fundamental tension between the poet as receiver and ... More

Keywords: France, French Revolution, Romanticism, Chateaubriand, Mme de Staël, Lamartine, Hugo, Vigny, Mallarmé

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198754473
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Pearson, author
Professor of French, University of Oxford

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