Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Literature and UnionScottish Texts, British Contexts$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Gerard Carruthers and Colin Kidd

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198736233

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198736233.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 01 December 2021

Once and Future Kingdoms

Once and Future Kingdoms

Chapter:
(p.279) 13 Once and Future Kingdoms
Source:
Literature and Union
Author(s):

Donald Mackenzie

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198736233.003.0013

The first half of this chapter considers responses to kingdoms lost (whether to union or partition) in texts from Scott and Mickiewicz. Redgauntlet as Byronic Hero leads into Konrad Wallenrod, and the latter on to Mickiewicz’s responses (mythmaking, satiric, elegiac, and idyllic) to the failure of the Polish Insurrection of 1830–1. The second half considers, in texts from Ivanhoe to Kipling and Buchan, a myth of English history as organic assimilation into union. It sketches a historiographical context for that myth, and analyses challenges to it: the narrative within Puck of Pook’s Hill that climaxes in Magna Carta, or Buchan’s myth of Old England. Concepts of the elegiac, the duplex homo, historical mythmaking and the counter-kingdom organize both halves. Conrad is a point of reference; and the close brings the discussion under an Arthurian rubric of once and future kingdoms.

Keywords:   counter-kingdom, myth, organicist, elegiac Byronic hero, kingdom

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .