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As Casey Dué points out, ‘in recent years a number of Homerists have approached the so-called Homeric Question by investigating Homer as author and “inventor” of the poetic tradition that we know as the Iliad’, and ‘in the eighteenth century [...] scholars and translators, most notably Alexander Pope, understood the term invention quite differently, assessing the “genius” of Homer in terms of “fire” and “invention”’. This essay seeks to situate a number of eighteenth-century Scottish epics — Hamilton’s Wallace, Wilkie’s Epigoniad, and Macpherson’s Highlander within an epic tradition that — some argue — had been largely discontinued in Britain by the mid-eighteenth century. This essay will begin with some general remarks on epics and the state of epic writing in eighteenth-century Scotland. Its focus, however, lies on Hamilton, Wilkie and Macpherson, who — apart from the Ossianic Collections — have not received much critical attention. This essay will discuss their works as epic continuations as well as in relation to contemporary notions of epic writing. Finally, the essay will conclude with a very brief excursion into 20th-century Scottish epic writing (MacDiarmid and Garioch) to show that the eighteenth-century examples explored here are not the end, but merely a waypoint in Scottish epic writing.
|Title of host publication||Brill's Companion to Prequels, Sequels, and Retellings of Classical Epic|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Apr 2018|
|Name||Brill's Companion to Classical Reception|
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What did 'History' mean in the 18th Century?
Kristin Lindfield-Ott (Speaker)9 Apr 2016
Activity: Other › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminarFile
Macpherson's Ossianic Legacy: Kingussie Heritage Festival 2015
Kristin Lindfield-Ott (Organiser)18 Apr 2015 → 19 Apr 2015
Activity: Other › Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition