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The Romantic period was one of the most creative, intense and turbulent periods of English literature, an age marked by revolution, reaction, and reform in politics, and by the invention of imaginative literature in its distinctively modern form. This History presents an engaging account of six decades of literary production around the turn of the nineteenth century. Reflecting the most up-to-date research, the essays are designed both to provide a narrative of Romantic literature, and to offer new and stimulating readings of the key texts. One group of essays addresses the various locations of literary activity - both in England and, as writers developed their interests in travel and foreign cultures, across the world. A second set of essays traces how texts responded to great historical and social change. With a comprehensive bibliography, timeline and index, this volume will be an important resource for research and teaching in the field.
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"Fifty years ago, literary studies was awash in big theories of Romanticism, created by the likes of M. H. Abrams, Geoffrey Hartman, and Harold Bloom; two decades later, Marilyn Butler argued that the very label "Romantic" was "historically unsound." This collection suggests that no consensus has yet emerged: instead, the best of the essays suggest continuities with periods before and after. Rather than big theories, the contributors present kaleidoscopic snapshots of individual genres (the novel, the "new poetry," drama, the ballad, children's literature); larger intellectual currents (John Brewer writes exceptionally well on "sentiment and sensibility"); currently fashionable topics (imperialism, publishing history, disciplinarity); and—most interesting—the varying cultures of discrete localities (London, Ireland, Scotland). The result is an excellent book useful not as a reference resource, though it does include a valuable chronology, but rather for its summaries of early-21st-century thinking about British literary culture from the 1770s to the 1830s."
—Choice
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Meet the Author

James Chandler is Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

General introduction James Chandler; Part I. The Ends of Enlightenment: 1. Sentiment and sensibility John Brewer; 2. Antiquarianism, balladry, and the rehabilitation of romance Susan Manning; 3. The Romantics and the political economists Catherine Gallager; 4. The problem of periodisation: Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the fate of system Clifford Siskin; Part II. Geographies: The Scenes of Literary Life: 5. London in the 1790s John Barrell; 6. Edinburgh and lowland Scotland Ian Duncan; 7. Romantic Ireland: 1750–1845 Luke Gibbons; 8. France, Germany, America David Simpson; 9. The 'Warm South' Esther Schor; 10. Country matters W. J. T. Mitchell; 11. Romanticism and the wider world: poetry, travel literature and Empire Nigel Leask; 12. The homes of England Margot Finn; 13. Writing, reading and the scenes of war Mary A. Favret; 14. Regency London Simon During; Part III. Histories: Writing in the New Movements: 15. Rebellion, revolution, reform: the transit of the intellectuals Anne Janowitz; 16. Changes in the world of publishing Adrian Johns; 17. The new poetries Susan J. Wolfson; 18. Romanticism and poetic autonomy Paul Hamilton; 19. Transformations of the novel – I Deidre Lynch; 20. Transformations of the novel – II Ina Ferris; 21. Theatre, performance, and urban spectacle Julie Carlson; 22. The epigenesis of genre: new forms from old Tilottama Rajan; 23. The literature of the new sciences Jan Golinski; 24. The making of child readers Katie Trumpener; Part IV. The Ends of Romanticism: 25. Representation restructured Frances Ferguson; 26. Romantic cultural Imperialism Saree Makdisi; 27. Romanticism and religious modernity: from natural supernaturalism to literary sectarianism Kevin Gilmartin; 28. Is Romanticism finished? Jerome McGann; Chronology; Bibliographies; Index.

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