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Conversing with Antiquity

English Poets and the Classics, from Shakespeare to Pope

David Hopkins

  • Emphasizes reception of the classics as trans-historical dialogue and conversation
  • Challenges views of poetic translation as mere assimilation, colonization, or accommodation, identifying its role as creative criticism of the original
  • Engages with debates about the formation of the canon of English literature, both in terms of the writers selected for study, and the areas of their works which are privileged in this regard
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