Hugo, the genius and the hero

(Kevin Morgan, Politics)

Kevin’s project draws upon the Victor Hugo collection to undertake a transnational and comparative study of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and Victor Hugo (1802-85). The project explores how a generation of European intellectuals sought to reconcile ideas of order and legitimate hierarchy with what Carlyle called the ‘new omnipotent Unknown of Democracy’. Ranging from Europe’s first age of revolution to a twentieth-century cast of nationalists, elitists, political radicals and social reformers, it uses the extraordinarily rich and complex bodies of writing to open up new perspectives on how the demands of the new democracy were at once articulated, transfigured and controlled.

This project is funded by the JRRI Pilot grant and runs from September 2019 – July 2020.