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Inventing Literary Heritage: National Consciousness And Editorial Scholarship In Sweden, 1810–1830

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This chapter explores the editorial scholarship of Swedish Romanticism and discusses the theory and practice of Romantic editing that were shaped by changing concepts of history. The chapter examines the process by which the Romantic idea of literary history was laid out through the practice of literary editing. It describes how the history of literature thereby became a matter of public interest and eventually reached a wide audience that was thus provided with a renewed access to the past. The editorial scholarship of vernacular languages stood on the shoulders of a giant: classical scholarship remained a dominant and ubiquitous model. The Stiernhielm edition refers, as mentioned, to a 'revolution in general opinion', which had made national seriousness fashionable. Gradually, the notion of national classics - originally a scholarly and exclusive idea - was spread and implemented among broader audiences.

Keywords: national classics; Swedish Romanticism



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