A Companion to Romanticism (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture) / Edition 1

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Divided into four parts--Contexts and Perspectives 1790-1832; Readings; Genres and Modes; and Issues and Debates--the COMPANION provides readers new to the subject with key bearings and a foundation of study. Includes 22 readings of canonical and post-canonical texts. An introductory survey from an internationally known group of scholars. 560 pp.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Contexts and Perspectives 1790-1830
1 Romanticism: The Brief History of a Concept 3
2 Preromanticism 12
3 From Revolution to Romanticism: The History Context to 1800 23
4 Beyond the Enlightenment: The Philosophical, Scientific and Religious Inheritance 35
5 Britain at War: The Historical Context 48
6 Literature and Religion 61
7 The Picturesque, the Beautiful and the Sublime 72
8 The Romantic Reader 91
Pt. II Readings
9 William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience 103
10 Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France 113
11 Charlotte Smith, The Old Manor House 122
12 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan, The Ancient Mariner and Christabel 131
13 Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads 144
14 Dorothy Wordsworth, Journals 157
15 Joanna Baillie, A Series of Plays 169
16 William Wordsworth, The Prelude 179
17 Poetry of the Anti-Jacobin 191
18 Mary Tighe, Psyche 199
19 Charlotte Smith, Beachy Head 204
20 Walter Scott, Waverley 211
21 Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 219
22 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein 227
23 John Keats, Odes 237
24 George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan 247
25 Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound 259
26 Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater 269
27 Charles Lamb, Elia 277
28 William Hazlitt, The Spirit of the Age 283
29 Letitia Landon (L.E.L.), The Improvisatrice 294
30 John Clare, The Shepherd's Calendar 301
31 Felicia Hemans, Records of Woman 313
Pt. III Genres and Modes
32 The Romantic Drama 323
33 The Novel 333
34 Gothic Fiction 345
35 Parody and Imitation 355
36 Travel Writing 364
37 Romantic Literary Criticism 371
Pt. IV Issues and Debates
38 Romanticism and Gender 385
39 Romanticism and Feminism 397
40 New Historicism 402
41 Romantic Ecology 411
42 Psychological Approaches 420
43 Dialogic Approaches 431
44 The Romantic Fragment 442
45 Performative Language and Speech-act Theory 452
46 Slavery and Romantic Writing 460
47 Apocalypse and Millennium 470
48 The Romantic Imagination 486
49 England and Germany 495
50 Romantic Responses to Science 505
51 Shakespeare and the Romantics 512
52 Milton and the Romantics 520
List of Contributors 535
Index 541
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