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dc.contributor.authorPhelan, J. P.en
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-10T08:36:06Z
dc.date.available2018-07-10T08:36:06Z
dc.date.issued2018-07-13
dc.identifier.citationPhelan, J.P. (2018) A Source for Browning's 'Holy-Cross Day', Notes and Queries, 65 (3), pp. 382-386en
dc.identifier.issn0029-3970
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/16328
dc.descriptionThe file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.en
dc.description.abstractIn a letter of 21 October 1886, Robert Browning suggested that his poem ‘Holy-Cross Day’ was inspired in part by the sight of a Hebrew inscription on a church near the Ghetto in Rome. This note identifies the church in question as San Gregorio a Ponte Quattro Capi and assesses the evidence for the reliability of Browning’s claim. It then goes on to examine the significance of the inscription (Isaiah 65:2-3), a fierce criticism of the Jews as a ‘rebellious people’, for the poem as a whole, drawing attention to the role of the Book of Isaiah as a site of contention between Christians and Jews and to the poem’s affinities to proto-Zionist currents of thought in early nineteenth-century Britain. The note concludes by suggesting that recognition of the role of the inscription in the history of the poem adds weight to Browning’s rejection of a ‘conversionist’ reading of the poem in a letter to his friend and supporter F.J. Furnivall.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.subjectRobert Browningen
dc.subjectVictorian Poetryen
dc.subjectRomeen
dc.subjectIsaiahen
dc.subjectGhettoen
dc.subjectJudaismen
dc.subjectRoman Catholicismen
dc.titleA Source for Brownings Holy-Cross Dayen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjy085
dc.researchgroupCentre for Textual Studies (CTS)en
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderN/Aen
dc.projectidN/Aen
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NCen
dc.date.acceptance2018-06-18en
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Englishen


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