Libertas Reborn: A Legend of Florence and Leigh Hunt's Literary Revival Libertas Reborn: A Legend of Florence and Leigh Hunt's Literary Revival
Huntâ€™s play reasserts the radical philosophies that defined his younger days, when as the central figure of the â€œCockney Schoolâ€ he had drawn other radical writers such as Keats and Shelley into his circle. These philosophies included the primacy of literature, political radicalism, sexual liberation, and group authorship. By writing a play in 1840 that reasserted these ideals, Hunt hoped to gather a new coterie following reminiscent of the Cockney School. Responses to the play from Huntâ€™s younger Victorian contemporaries, however, demonstrate how Huntâ€™s once radical â€œCockneyâ€ ideals had now become relatively safe. The nostalgic fondness with which A Legend of Florence was greeted therefore highlights how in 1840 Romanticism was in the process of being absorbed into Victorian philosophy and aesthetics.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:leigh hunt a legend of florence romanticism victorianism cockney school
Date of Publication:06/19/2007