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The Poetics of 1814: Representations of Norway and Norwegians in Anna Maria Porter’s The Recluse of Norway (1814)

Carbone, E; (2015) The Poetics of 1814: Representations of Norway and Norwegians in Anna Maria Porter’s The Recluse of Norway (1814). Scandinavica: An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies , 54 (1) pp. 121-135. Green open access

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Abstract

Few British writers visited and/or wrote literary texts about Norway in the nineteenth century. What then attracted the attention of those who did write about this ‘exotic’ Nordic country? Was it its landscape, its traditions or its complex political situation? Taking as my starting point C. B. Burchardt’s Norwegian Life and Literature (1920), an early account on the representation of Norwegians in British literature, this article addresses these questions focusing primarily on the novel The Recluse of Norway written by Anna Maria Porter (1780-1832) and published for the first time in 1814. Despite being set at the beginning of the eighteenth century, the novel’s historical references inform and are informed by the historical events of 1814, which resulted in the Norwegian Constitution and in the cession of Norway to Sweden. More generally, this novel casts light on British representations of Norway at the beginning of the century.

Type: Article
Title: The Poetics of 1814: Representations of Norway and Norwegians in Anna Maria Porter’s The Recluse of Norway (1814)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://scandinavica.net/2015-1.php
Language: English
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Keywords: The Recluse of Norway, Anna Maria Porter, Historical novel, Norway in British fiction
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072216
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