Cultural Politics In The 1790s

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Cultural Politics in the 1790s examines the relationship between sentimental literature, political activism and the public sphere at the end of the eighteenth century. Drawing on critical theorists such as Habermas, Negt and Kluge, Marcuse and Foucault, it attempts to demonstrate how major literary and political figures of the 1790s can be read in terms of the broader dynamics of modernity. Reading a diverse range of political and literary material from the period, it examines how relationships between the ...

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Overview

Cultural Politics in the 1790s examines the relationship between sentimental literature, political activism and the public sphere at the end of the eighteenth century. Drawing on critical theorists such as Habermas, Negt and Kluge, Marcuse and Foucault, it attempts to demonstrate how major literary and political figures of the 1790s can be read in terms of the broader dynamics of modernity. Reading a diverse range of political and literary material from the period, it examines how relationships between the aesthetic and the political, the private and the public, mark the emergence and consolidation of bourgeois behavioral norms and the simultaneous marginalization of potentially more radical forms of political and cultural production.

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...Cultural Politics in the 1790s is both accomplished and promising. Studies in Romanticism
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Cultural Politics in the 1790s is both accomplished and promising.
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Examines the relationships between sentimental and Romantic literature, political activism, and the public sphere in Britain during the decade. Drawing on the work of recent thinkers such as Habermas and Marcuse, puts the literary and political figures, and the controversies they engaged in, into a broad dynamic that typifies modernity. Considers such people as Edmund Burke, William Godwin, John Thewall, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Andrew McCann is Lecturer in the Department of English at Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Literature and the Public Sphere in the 1790s
• Edmund Burke's Immortal Law: Reading the Impeachment of Warren Hastings, 1788
• William Godwin and the Pathological Public Sphere: Theorizing Communicative Action in the 1790s
• Politico-Sentimentality: John Thelwall, Literary Production and the Critique of Capital in the 1790s
• Gothic Consumption: Populism, Consumerism and the Discipline of Reading
• Domestic Revolutions: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Limits of Radical Sentimentality
• Conjugal Love and the Enlightenment Subject: The Colonial Context of Non-identity in Maria Edgeworth's Belinda
• Index

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