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'Alexander's Expedition: Genre and Conquest in Thomas Beddoes’s Revolutionary Epic'

Bradshaw, Michael ORCID: (2019) 'Alexander's Expedition: Genre and Conquest in Thomas Beddoes’s Revolutionary Epic'. Essays in Romanticism, 26 (2). ISSN Print: 2049-6699 Online: 2049-6702

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This article offers a new interpretation of the neglected epic poem Alexander’s Expedition (1792) by the Bristol scientist and ‘Jacobin’ Thomas Beddoes. The poem’s classical / heroic theme is used as a vehicle for anti-colonial polemic. Beddoes’s influence on the science of the period, as the mentor of Humphry Davy and experimenter with nitrous oxide and other gases, has been extensively re-evaluated; to an extent, he is also known for his impact on the radical politics of the 1790s. This article aims to demonstrate Beddoes’s importance as a literary writer, in terms of both poetic genre and political belief. It also includes a discussion of the nature and status of heroic poetry in the early Romantic period.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: romanticism, epic, heroic poetry, revolution, genre, Thomas Beddoes
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Michael Bradshaw
Date Deposited: 19 May 2019 20:00
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2021 01:00

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