Allusions in Arcadia

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Romanticism & Contemporary Culture

Allusions in Arcadia

Jay Clayton, Vanderbilt University

Page Allusion
Scene 1
1 Derby Shire
  1809
2 caro (Latin—and Caesar's Gallic Wars, p. 2)
  Fermat's last theorem (also pp. 3, 6, 43)
  sin of Onan
4 cover of a letter; folding and sealing a letter
  picturesque (also pp. 11, 12)
5 Hawkings on time
  Newtonian (also pp.73-4, 81, 83)
  Laplace quote (also p. 73) in Gleick, p. 14
  Etonian (also p. 77)
7 Robert Southey's Thalaba and Madoc
  Francis Jeffrey and the Edinburgh Review (also p. 53)
  Lord Holland
8 Piccadilly Recreation (also pp. 22, 30, 56, 88)
9 Walter Scott
  19C gardening (also pp. 9-10, 12, 23-5)
  Capability Brown (25, 27, 48)
  Classical gardens: Brown doing Claude dong Virgil
  Romantic gardens (also p. 25)
10 Humphry Repton (please find illustrations)
11 Salvator Rosa (also p. 25—please find illustrations)
  cabinet of curios—please find illustrations)
12 "Et in Arcadia ego" (also p. 13, 25—please find illustrations)
13 Anne Radcliffe
  Horace Walpole (mentioned again, 51)
  Walpole the gardener
14 Baptist in the wilderness (please find illustrations)
Scene 2
15 coffee mugs (when invented?, also p. 29)
19 D. H. Lawrence's short stories
20 Caroline Lamb (also pp. 60, 62, 85)
  a Ha-Ha (also pp 27-8)
22 Chater the botonist who described a dwarf dahlia in Martinique
23 Waugh's Brideshead Revisited
25 Coleridge
26 Thomas Love Peacock (also pp. 17, 27, 54, 64-5)
  Florence Nightingale
  Cornhill Magazine (also pp. 27, 52)
  Thackeray
30 Channel Tunnel rail-link
31 Byron, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (also pp. 40, 49)
32 Harrow (see also Eton; also 39)
33 Beau Brummel (connect with pun on the bird peacock, p. 17)
Scene 3
37 Ada Lovelace's quote about her fame outliving Byron's
38 Library at Alexandria
39 Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra
41 Broadwood piano (also p. 91, and mentioned a few pages earlier too)
Scene 4
43 iterated algorithm (also pp. 45, 76, 79)
  Plautus (name of the tortoise)
  Zeno's Paradox
44 feedback (also pp. 47, 51, 77)
45 Gleick quote on Classical math
  chaos theory applied to population biology (also p. 47)
  Charles Babbage quote (also p. 77)
46 Noise in information theory (also p. 62
47 Gleick picture of leaf and snowflake
  Ada Lovelace on leaf (also p. 37)
  Gleick (p. 6) quote on end of physics
48 Gleick quotes on clouds, waterfall, weather, stirring liquids (Chaos, pp. 7-8, 17-18)
Scene 5
53 quote from Byron's Letters
  Charles II
57 date rape
61 "She walks in beauty"
Scene 6
71 Pericles of Athens
71 Sir Joseph Banks, the Linnean Society, and 19C botany
72 Women's drawers
Scene 7
73 Regency dress (explore web sites on this topic)
  verbatim repetition of Thomasina's words from Scene 1
75 Gleick on the "trivial" in science (also p. 60)
77 1812
78 entropy (also pp. 27, 87, 93)
  verbatim repetition of Thomasina's words from Scene 1
79 Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
  Byron's lameness
80 Ada Lovelace caught with her tutor at age 16
81 Fourier on propagation of heat in a solid body (also pp. 65-6, 84, 86, 87)
83 Chatsworth (please find illustrations)
84 Hobbes's Leviathan on geometry
  Euclid's geometry (also p. 37)
  fractal geometry
85 Fuseli the painter (also pp. 60, 62)
  Improved Newcomen steam pump (pun on Newtonian Universe, p. 93)
90 Jane Austen
  waltz
94 carpe diem motif

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Published @ RC

February 2002