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The Resource Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History, Charlotte Roberts, (electronic resource)

Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History, Charlotte Roberts, (electronic resource)

Label
Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History
Title
Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History
Statement of responsibility
Charlotte Roberts
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Edward Gibbon's presentation of character in both the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and in his posthumously published Memoirs demonstrates a prevailing interest in the values of transcendent heroism and individual liberty, but also an insistent awareness of the dangers these values pose to coherence and narrative order. In this study, Charlotte Roberts demonstrates how these dynamics also inform the 'character' of the Decline and Fall: in which ironic difference confronts enervating uniformity; oddity counters specious lucidity; and revision combats repetition. Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History explores the Decline and Fall as a work of scholarship and of literature, tracing both its expansive outline and its expressive details. A close examination of each of the three instalments of Gibbon's history reveals an intimate relationship between the style of Gibbon's narrative and the overall shape of his historiographical composition. The constant interplay between style and substance, or between the particular details of composition and the larger patterns of argument and narrative, informs every aspect of Gibbon's work: from his reception of established and innovative historiographical conventions to the expression of his narrative voice. Through a combination of close reading and larger literary and scholarly analysis, Charlotte Roberts conveys a sense of the Decline and Fall as a work more complex and conflicted, in its tone and structure, than has been appreciated by previous scholars, without losing sight of the grand contours of Gibbon's superlative achievement."--Amazon.com
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1985-
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Roberts, Charlotte
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Gibbon, Edward
  • Gibbon, Edward
  • Gibbon, Edward
  • Gibbon, Edward
  • Historians
  • Rome
Label
Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History, Charlotte Roberts, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-182) and index
Contents
Introduction: Shaping Edward Gibbon -- Gibbon's characters: identity and personhood in the Decline and Fall -- 'On the celebrated ground': equivalency in the first volume of the Decline and Fall -- 'To unite the most distant revolutions': inheritance in the second and third volumes of the Decline and Fall -- 'A solemn and mournful recollection': repetition in the fourth, fifth, and sixth volumes of the Decline and Fall -- The marmoreal Edward Gibbon: the Memoirs and the ruins of Rome -- Conclusion: Edward Gibbon and the shape of history
Control code
ssj0001375566
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource (185 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Available to multiple simultaneous users
Isbn
9780198704836
Lccn
2014930617
Other physical details
illustration
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001375566
Label
Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History, Charlotte Roberts, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-182) and index
Contents
Introduction: Shaping Edward Gibbon -- Gibbon's characters: identity and personhood in the Decline and Fall -- 'On the celebrated ground': equivalency in the first volume of the Decline and Fall -- 'To unite the most distant revolutions': inheritance in the second and third volumes of the Decline and Fall -- 'A solemn and mournful recollection': repetition in the fourth, fifth, and sixth volumes of the Decline and Fall -- The marmoreal Edward Gibbon: the Memoirs and the ruins of Rome -- Conclusion: Edward Gibbon and the shape of history
Control code
ssj0001375566
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource (185 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Available to multiple simultaneous users
Isbn
9780198704836
Lccn
2014930617
Other physical details
illustration
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001375566

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