Coda: Comparing the Literature of ‘the North’ – William Wordsworth and Jens Baggesen

  • Cian Duffy


Whilst the essays in this collection have for the most part deployed a new historicist methodology, Cian Duffy here investigates briefly the fortunes of comparative literature as an academic discipline and considers the challenges involved in the study of influence and exchange between cultures and nations. The possibility of an influence on William Worsdworth’s ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality’ by the Danish romantic poet Jens Baggesen provides a test case for exploring the possibilities and the pitfalls of comparative reading.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.English LiteratureLund UniversityLundSweden

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