Robert Buchanan and Christ, King of the wandering Jews

Parisot, Eric (2011). Robert Buchanan and Christ, King of the wandering Jews. In Jessica L. Wilkinson, Eric Parisot and David McInnis (Ed.), Refashioning myth: Poetic transformations and metamorphoses (pp. 93-114) Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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Author Parisot, Eric
Title of chapter Robert Buchanan and Christ, King of the wandering Jews
Title of book Refashioning myth: Poetic transformations and metamorphoses
Place of Publication Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781443827225
Editor Jessica L. Wilkinson
Eric Parisot
David McInnis
Chapter number 12
Start page 93
End page 114
Total pages 22
Total chapters 31
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The figure of the Wandering Jew is a curious Christian conception that has. in its various guises, fascinated poets and novelists for centuries. As the focus of anti-Semitic sentiment during the Reformation, as the neoclassical embodiment of intellectual progress, as the supernatural spectre of Gothic literature, and as the revolutionary firebrand of the Romantic era, the Wandering Jew has occupied the imagination of the greats of European literature. But in 1893, Robert Buchanan (1841- 1901), a moderately successful but financially-crippled author living in London, created quite a stir when he produced a radical variation of the legend hitherto unseen: Jesus Christ, the Wandering Jew. Approaching the dawn of the twentieth century, Buchanan's long dramatic poem, The Wandering Jew, is a deeply personal intervention that primarily addresses his own religious misgivings, but most importantly, one that simultaneously generates a new fable for the modern Christian trapped in a spiritually barren world gripped by religious scepticism.

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