Key Concepts in Romantic Literature

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Key Concepts in Romantic Literature is a comprehensive guide to the literature, criticism and history of the culturally rich and politically turbulent Romantic era, spanning 1789-1832. The book offers a stimulating and critically up-to-date account of the poetry, novels and drama which characterized the Romantic period, alongside an historically-informed account of the important social, political and aesthetic...

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Overview

Key Concepts in Romantic Literature is a comprehensive guide to the literature, criticism and history of the culturally rich and politically turbulent Romantic era, spanning 1789-1832. The book offers a stimulating and critically up-to-date account of the poetry, novels and drama which characterized the Romantic period, alongside an historically-informed account of the important social, political and aesthetic contexts which shaped that body of writing.

Features include:

Historical and conceptual definitions of the term 'Romanticism'

Clear accounts of the contextual influences that shaped the age's literature (such as the French Revolution, slavery and the position of women)

Readings of poets such as Wordsworth, Blake, Coleridge, Smith, Robinson, Byron, Shelley, Hemans, Keats and Landon, novelists such as Austen and Scott, and dramatists such as Baillie and Maturin

A survey of criticism of the Romantics from the early nineteenth century to the present day

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403948892
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Series: Palgrave Key Concepts: Literature
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,423,840
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JANE MOORE is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University, UK. She is an experienced teacher of Romantic women's writing and Romantic poetry and has published widely in these fields, most particularly, Mary Wollstonecraft (1999) and, more recently, The Satires of Thomas Moore (2003). She is co-editor (with Catherine Belsey) of The Feminist Reader: Essays in Gender and the Politics of Literary Criticism, (2nd Edition, 1997).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

General Editors' Preface viii

General Introduction ix

Introduction 1

What is Romanticism" 1

Historical Definitions and Conceptualisations of Romanticism 8

1 Contexts: History, Politics, Culture 15

British Politics 1789-1815 15

British Politics 1815-1832 22

Empire and Travel 27

Feminism and the Position of Women 36

Industry and Economics 42

Ireland and the 'Catholic Question' 51

Leisure, Fashion and Sport 57

Medicine and Science 71

Music 79

Political Protest and Popular Radicalism 85

Religion and Atheism 92

Sexualities 103

Slavery, Abolition and African-British Literature 113

2 Texts: Themes, Issues, Concepts 122

Literary and Philosophical Key Concepts I: The First Generation Romantic Poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Smith, Robinson) 122

Literary and Philosophical Key Concepts II: The Second Generation Romantic Poets (Byron, Shelley, Keats, Hemans, Landon) 145

Joanna Baillie and Romantic-era Drama 169

William Blake and Romantic-era Art 179

Irish, Scottish and Welsh Poetry 188

Medievalism, the Sublime and the Gothic 196

Millenarianism 205

The Novel 212

'Peasant' or Labouring-class Poets 227

Reviews, Magazines and the Essay 235

Satire 248

3 Criticism: Approaches, Theory, Practice 263

Contemporary and Victorian Reception 263

Twentieth-century Criticism from Modernism to the New Criticism 270

Modern Critical Approaches I: From Deconstruction to Psychoanalytical Criticism 276

Modern Critical Approaches II: From Historicism to Ecological Criticism 284

Modern Critical Approaches III: Gender Criticism 292

Epilogue: The Expansion of the Romantic Canon 297

Chronology and Necrology 304

Index 313

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