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Virgil's Prospects: The Gentry and the Representation of Landscape in Addison's Theory of the Imagination

Grindle, N; (2006) Virgil's Prospects: The Gentry and the Representation of Landscape in Addison's Theory of the Imagination. Oxford Art Journal , 29 (2) pp. 185-195.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to outline Addison's suggestion that the narrator of the georgic poem, a landowning gentleman, has an overtly political character. Central to Addison's claim was his thesis that the narrator's power derived from his superior imagination, which enabled him to perceive the affairs of the nation, and so maintain his political eminence. It will be suggested that Addison's deepest and most consistent concern was with the role and political and economic reform of the landowning gentry, and not with the formation of manners in the public sphere.

Type: Article
Title: Virgil's Prospects: The Gentry and the Representation of Landscape in Addison's Theory of the Imagination
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP Education > UCL Arena Centre
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1465175
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