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A History of Romantic Literature

A History of Romantic Literature

Authors
Publisher John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Year 2019
Pages 544
Version hardback
Readership level Professional and scholarly
Language English
ISBN 9781119044352
Categories Literary studies: general
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Book description

Historical Narrative Offers Introduction to Romanticism by Placing Key Figures in Overall Social Context


Going beyond the general literary survey, A History of Romantic Literature examines the literatures of sensibility and intensity as well as the aesthetic dimensions of horror and terror, sublimity and ecstasy, by providing a richly integrated account of shared themes, interests, innovations, rivalries and disputes among the writers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.


Drawing from the assemblage theory, Prof. Burwick maintains that the literature of the period is inseparable from prevailing economic conditions and ongoing political and religious turmoil, as well as developments in physics, astronomy, music and art. Thus, rather than deal with authors as if they worked in isolation from society, he identifies and describes their interactions with their communities and with one another, as well as their responses to current events. By connecting seemingly scattered and random events such as the bank crisis of 1825, he weaves the coincidental into a coherent narrative of the networking that informed the rise and progress of Romanticism. Notable features of the book include:





A strong narrative structure divided into four major chronological periods: Revolution, 1789-1798; Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815; Riots, 1815-1820; Reform, 1821-1832

Thorough coverage of major and minor figures and institutions of the Romantic movement (including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Montague and the Bluestockings, Lord Byron, John Keats, Letitia Elizabeth Landon etc.)

Emphasis on the influence of social networks among authors, such as informal dinners and teas, clubs, salons and more formal institutions



With its extensive coverage and insightful analysis set within a lively historical narrative, History of Romantic Literature is highly recommended for courses on British Romanticism at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. It will also prove a highly useful reference for advanced scholars pursuing their own research. Review copy sent to Paul Douglass at Women's Studies: A Disciplinary Journal at the request of the author.

A History of Romantic Literature

Table of contents

Illustrations viii





Introduction 1





I Revolution (1789-1798) 22





The 'Revolution Controversy' 22





Newington Green Circle and Richard Price 25





Mary Wollstonecraft 26





Anna Laetitia Barbauld 29





Abolition Movement 30





Thomas Beddoes, Pneumatic Institution 38





Slave Trade, Opium Trade 41





Elizabeth Montagu and the Bluestockings 47





Helen Maria Williams 51





William Blake 54





Anna Seward 63





Dissenters 64





Historical Nodes 66





Corresponding Societies and Treason Trials 67





Erasmus Darwin 70





Charles Lloyd 72





John Thelwall 74





John Horne Tooke 75





Nonconformists 77





William Blake: Vision and Prophecy 78





George Crabbe 81





Thomas Holcroft 83





Gothic, Domestic Violence, Sadism 92





The Irish Rebellion 99





Coleridge at Cambridge 100





William Frend 101





John Tweddell and James Losh 103





Freedom of the Press 105





Letters of Junius 107





George Dyer 115





Mary Hays 120





Elizabeth Hamilton 127





Mary Robinson 127





Coleridge and Wordsworth 128





Joanna Baillie 136





Maria Edgeworth 139





Charlotte Smith 139





II Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815) 158





The French Consulate and Great Britain 158





Coalitions 159





Toussaint L'Ouverture 168





Peace of Amiens 168





The 'Dejection' Dialogue 171





The Growth of The Prelude 177





Back to Nature 188





Coleridge: Conversation Poems 190





Continental Romanticism 205





Jane Porter 211





Thomas Bewick 213





Moral Causality 214





1805: Connections and Coincidences 215





The Periodical Press 219





Exaltation and Exploitation of the Child 226





The Lecture 229





Lord Byron: 'Fools are my theme, let satire be my song' 234





The Novel 237





Interconnections: Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, George Crabbe, Joanna Baillie, Charlotte Smith, Anna Laetitia Barbauld 239





III Riots (1815-1820) 297





Waterloo 297





Corn Laws: Cobbett, Bamford, Wroe, Elliott 309





Lord Byron: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Cantos III and IV 313





Lord Byron: Manfred 318





Percy Bysshe Shelley 328





Samuel Rogers 333





Coleridge: Principles of Genial Criticism and Biographia Literaria 334





Coleridge: 'Kubla Khan' and 'Christabel' 339





Keats: Networking 349





Keats: Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion 351





Keats: 'Eve of St. Agnes' and Lamia 353





Keats: The 'Great Odes' 358





Belatedness 366





Wordsworth, Shelley, Reynolds: Peter Bell, First, Second, Third, and Fourth 367





Wordsworth: Benjamin the Waggoner 375





Cato Street Conspiracy 376





Leigh Hunt 381





March of the Blanketeers 383





Satire and the Gagging Acts 385





Shelley: Mask of Anarchy 388





Beau Brummell 388





Blake: Jerusalem 389





Shelley: Prometheus Unbound 393





IV Reform (1821-1832) 413





Trial of Queen Caroline 413





Shelley, Swellfoot the Tyrant 419





Shelley, Witch of Atlas 425





Byron, Don Juan 427





John Clare, The Village Minstrel 431





De Quincey, Confessions 433





Maria Edgeworth, Tomorrow 435





Charles Lamb: Essayist, Critic, Playwright 439





William Hazlitt, Spirit of the Age 447





Deaths: Keats, Napoleon, Shelley, Castlereagh, Byron, Radcliffe 451





Letitia Elizabeth Landon: Improvisatrice 453





Samuel Rogers: Italy 455





George Dyer 457





Mary Russell Mitford, Foscari 458





Walter Savage Landor, Imaginary Conversations 466





Panic of 1825 468





Felicia Hemans 470





Thomas Love Peacock, Misfortune of Elphin (1829) 472





Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Death's Jest Book 475





Parliamentary Reform 478





Abolition 478





Deaths: Blake, Hazlitt, Scott, Goethe, Coleridge Crabbe, Lamb, Thelwall 479





Conclusion 489





Index 492

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