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Counterfactual Romanticism$
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Damian Walford Davies

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991418

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526107077

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The possibilists: Romantic-era literary forgery and British alternative pasts

The possibilists: Romantic-era literary forgery and British alternative pasts

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(p.79) 3 The possibilists: Romantic-era literary forgery and British alternative pasts
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Counterfactual Romanticism
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Mary-Ann Constantine

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526107077.00009

Theorising the relation between forgery and Romantic counterfactualism, this chapter analyses the credit afforded to forged pasts and texts during the Romantic period. The chapter argues that in the hands of James Macpherson, Thomas Chatterton and Edward Williams (‘Iolo Morganwg’), forgery’s ‘counterfactual world’ becomes a modality of Romantic counterfactualism’s investment in ‘possibilism’. Forgery in the service of national and local identity and of national literary history is insightfully located in spaces of loss – material, cultural, political – and in the context of recuperative ‘possibilities’.

Keywords:   Romantic counterfactualism, Counterfactual Romanticism, possibilism, forgery, Iolo Morganwg, alternative pasts

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