Italomania

Italomania

an obsession with Italy and things Italian.
See also: Italy, Manias
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world's Italy!': My Last Duchess, Aurora Leigh, and an Unpublished Manuscript by Elizabeth Barrett Browning." Approaching this fragment (evidently the ambitious opening to a projected long poem) from the perspective of theories of the archive, the essay analyzes the indeterminacies generated by attempts to transcribe the ms., locates its subject matter within the context of English "Italomania" in the 1830s and 1840s, and explores its connections to Browning's "My Last Duchess" (EBB's projected poem's setting is Ferrara), as well as to passages in Casa Guidi Windows, Aurora Leigh, and "Italy and the World" in Poems before Congress.
Eliot was born in 1819 at the height of so-called "Italomania" in England following the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars.