The World of Mr Casaubon: Britain's Wars of Mythography, by Colin Kidd

By Colin Kidd

the area of Mr Casaubon takes as its aspect of departure a fictional personality - Mr Casaubon in George Eliot's vintage novel, Middlemarch. the writer of an unfinished 'Key to All Mythologies', Casaubon has develop into an icon of obscurantism, irrelevance and futility. Crossing traditional disciplinary limitations, Colin Kidd excavates Casaubon's hinterland, and illuminates the fierce ideological battle which raged over using pagan myths to guard Christianity from the existential hazard posed by way of radical Enlightenment feedback. though Eliot's portrayal of Casaubon, Anglican mythographers have been faraway from unworldly, and actively rebutted the unconventional freethinking linked to the Enlightenment and French Revolution. Orientalism used to be an enormous theatre during this ideological clash, and mythography additionally performed an oblique yet influential position in framing the hot technological know-how of anthropology. the area of Mr Casaubon is wealthy in interdisciplinary twists and ironies, and paints a brilliant photograph of the highbrow international of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.

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