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English Romantic Writers and the West Country

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Long confounded with a monolithic British entity or misrepresented as Lakers and Cockneys, the diverse regional forms of English Romanticism are ripe for reassessment. Ranging west of a line between the Wye at Tintern and Jane Austens Chawton, this book offers a first reconfiguration of Romantic culture in terms of English regional identity.

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Overview

Long confounded with a monolithic British entity or misrepresented as Lakers and Cockneys, the diverse regional forms of English Romanticism are ripe for reassessment. Ranging west of a line between the Wye at Tintern and Jane Austens Chawton, this book offers a first reconfiguration of Romantic culture in terms of English regional identity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230223745
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

NICHOLAS ROE is Professor of English at St Andrews University, UK. He is the author of Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years (1988), John Keats and the Culture of Dissent (1997), The Politics of Nature: William Wordsworth and Some Contemporaries (2002), and Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt (2005).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword Richard Holmes Holmes, Richard

Acknowledgements

About the Contributors

List of Abbreviations

Introduction Nicholas Roe Roe, Nicholas 1

Part I Landscapes and Legends

1 áMore wondrous far than Egypt's boasted pyramids': the South West's Megaliths in the Romantic Period Joanne Parker Parker, Joanne 15

2 áAl under the wyllowe tree': Chatterton and the Ecology of the West Country Nick Groom Groom, Nick 37

Part II The Bristol School: Cottle, Coleridge, and their Circles

3 Joseph Cottle and West Country Romanticism Richard Cronin Cronin, Richard 65

4 William Gilbert and his Bristol Circle, 1788-98 Paul Cheshire Cheshire, Paul 79

5 S. T. Coleridge, Joseph Cottle, and Some Bristol Baptists, 1794-96 Timothy Whelan Whelan, Timothy 99

6 Coleridge's Bristol and West Country Radicalism Peter J. Kitson Kitson, Peter J. 115

7 Radical Bible: Coleridge's 1790s West Country Politics Anthony John Harding Harding, Anthony John 129

Part III Imagining the West Country

8 Wordsworth's 1793 Journey to the West Country and Wales Carol Kyros Walker Walker, Carol Kyros 155

9 Coleridge in Devon Graham Davidson Davidson, Graham 176

10 Southey's West Country Lynda Pratt Pratt, Lynda 201

11 Romantic Hydrography: Tide and Transit in áTintern Abbey' Damian Walford Davies Davies, Damian Walford 218

12 The Road Not Taken: Robert Bloomfield's Wye Valley and the Poetic Imagination Tim Fulford Fulford, Tim 237

Part IV In Pursuit of Spring

13 áThe Outset of Life': Shelley, Hazlitt, the West Country, and the Revolutionary Imagination Michael O'Neill O'Neill, Michael 257

14 áOver the Dartmoor Black': John Keats and the West Country Nicholas Roe Roe, Nicholas 271

15 Going Westward: William Wordsworth, Thomas Hardy, and Edward Thomas Saeko Yoshikawa Yoshikawa, Saeko 289

Afterword Tom Mayberry Mayberry, Tom 302

Index 304

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