- The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin
- Notes on Contributors
- Classical Latin—Medieval Latin—Neo-Latin
- Neo-Latin’s Interplay with Other Languages
- Lyric Poetry
- Narrative Poetry
- Epigram and Occasional Poetry
- Political Advice
- Science and Medicine
- Contacts with the Arab World
- Biblical Humanism
- Political Action
- Social Status
- The British Isles
- The German-Speaking Countries
- Iberian Peninsula
- The Low Countries
- East-Central Europe
- Colonial Spanish America and Brazil
- North America
- General References
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter identifies cultural and generic trends and authorial methodologies in neo-Latin literature in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; and ways that Latin served as a bridge between four British regions, between neo-Latin writers in Britain and their Continental predecessors and peers, and between Latin and the respective vernacular(s). It also examines vertical spaces (both chronological and cultural) between the neo-Latin and the classical Latin text, and between the linear demarcations of “early modern,” “Augustan,” and “Romantic.” An assessment of links between nationhood and the neo-Latin text is followed by examples of generic continuity and metamorphosis in the British neo-Latin pastoral, ode, and epigram. The concluding sections offer two case-studies that, it is argued, engendered the birth of specifically British versions of the mock-heroic and mock-didactic.
Estelle Haan (Sheehan) is Professor of English and Neo-Latin studies, Queen's University, Belfast. She is the author of From Academia to Amicitia: Milton's Latin Writings and the Italian Academies (1998) and Andrew Marvell's Latin Poetry: From Text to Context (2003). She is editing Milton's Latin poetry for Volume 3 of the Oxford Complete Works of John Milton.
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