The Revolution in Popular Literature: Print, Politics and the People, 1790-1860

The Revolution in Popular Literature: Print, Politics and the People, 1790-1860

by Ian Haywood
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521103495

ISBN-13: 9780521103497

Pub. Date: 11/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This survey of the evolution of British popular literature during the Romantic and Victorian periods relies on a broad range of archival and primary sources. Arguing that radical politics played a decisive role in the transformation of popular literature, Ian Haywood charts key moments in the history of "cheap" literature. The book accordingly casts new light on

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This survey of the evolution of British popular literature during the Romantic and Victorian periods relies on a broad range of archival and primary sources. Arguing that radical politics played a decisive role in the transformation of popular literature, Ian Haywood charts key moments in the history of "cheap" literature. The book accordingly casts new light on many neglected popular genres and texts: the "pig's meat" anthology, the female-authored didactic tale, and Chartist fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521103497
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series, #44
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. 'A New Area in Our History': 1. The people's Enlightenment: the radical diffusion of knowledge in the late eighteenth century; 2. Writing for their country: the plebeian public sphere in the 1790s; 3. The pax femina? Hannah More, counter-revolution, and the politics of female agency; Part II. 'Virtuous Public Excitement': 4. The Palladium of liberty: radical journalism and repression in the postwar era; 5. 'Democratic fervour and journal ascendancy': popular culture and the 'unstamped' wars of the 1830s; Part III. A Literature of Their Own: 6. The Chartist revolution; 7. Fathers of the cheap press or 'able speculators'? Edward Lloyd and George W. M. Reynolds; 8. The rights and wrongs of women; 9. Acts of oblivion: 1848 and after.

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