Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith (Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850)

Griffin, Michael

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Crossing disciplinary boundaries between eighteenth-century studies and Irish studies, this book explores the geographies and politics of Oliver Goldsmith's complex and productive negotiation of the London literary marketplace during the enlightenment. Series: Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850. Num Pages: 226 pages, 3 black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 1DBR; BGL; DSB; HBJD1. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 229 x 154 x 20. Weight in Grams: 324. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Oliver Goldsmith (1728?1774) moved between the genres and geographies of enlightenment writing with considerable dexterity. As a consequence he has been characterized as a passive purveyor of enlightenment thought, a hack, a harried translator of the French enlightenment for an English audience, an ideological lackey, and a subtle ironist. In poetry, he is either a compliant pastoralist or an engaged social critic. Yet Goldsmith?s career is as complex and as contradictory as the enlightenment currents across which he wrote, and there is in Goldsmith?s oeuvre a set of themes?including his opposition to the new imperialism and to glibly declared principles of liberty?which this book addresses as a manifestation of his Irishness.

Michael Griffin places Goldsmith in two contexts: one is the intellectual and political culture in which he worked as a professional author living in London; the other is that of his nationality and his as yet unstudied Jacobite politics. Enlightenment in Ruins thereby reveals a body of work that is compellingly marked by tensions and transits between Irishness and Englishness, between poetic and professional imperatives, and between cultural and scientific spheres.

About the Author: Michael Griffin lectures in eighteenth-century and Irish studies at the University of Limerick, where he is Director of the Eighteenth Century Research Group. He has published widely on eighteenth-century studies, utopian satire, and Irish writing in English.

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