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Imagination under Pressure, 1789-1832: Aesthetics, Politics and Utility
     

Imagination under Pressure, 1789-1832: Aesthetics, Politics and Utility

by John Whale
 

This ambitious study offers a radical reassessment of one of the most important concepts of the Romantic period—the imagination. In contrast to traditional accounts, John Whale locates the Romantic imagination within the period's lively and often antagonistic polemics on aesthetics and politics, focusing in particular on British responses to the French

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This ambitious study offers a radical reassessment of one of the most important concepts of the Romantic period—the imagination. In contrast to traditional accounts, John Whale locates the Romantic imagination within the period's lively and often antagonistic polemics on aesthetics and politics, focusing in particular on British responses to the French Revolution and the ideology of utilitarianism. Through detailed analysis of key texts by Burke, Paine, Wollstonecraft, Bentham, Hazlitt, Cobbett and Coleridge, this book seeks to restore the role of imagination as a more positive force within cultural critique.

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"Imagination Under Pressure is a great rejoinder to such difficulties in discussing the imagination" Eighteenth-Century Life

"elegantly-writeen and lucid" The Wordsworth Circle

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An ambitious and engaging study...Imagination under Pressure draws attention to not just the multifaceted nature of cultural production in the Romantic period and to the vitality and variousness of current critical debates...In connecting politics and aesthetics, the ambiguities of the past with the anxieties of the present, it both participates in the ongoing renegotiation and reformulation of what was once called British Romanticism and manages to take this process one step further.
Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521772198
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/07/2000
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Romanticism Series , #39
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

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