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
     
 

This book takes a new look at the evolution of popular literature in Britain in the Romantic and Victorian periods. Ian Haywood argues that the key developments in the history of popular literature at this time emerged from the clash between radical and reactionary politics. Both sides wanted to win the heart and mind of the 'common reader' and used print culture to… See more details below

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This book takes a new look at the evolution of popular literature in Britain in the Romantic and Victorian periods. Ian Haywood argues that the key developments in the history of popular literature at this time emerged from the clash between radical and reactionary politics. Both sides wanted to win the heart and mind of the 'common reader' and used print culture to try to influence a newly literate group in society. Making use of a wide range of archival and primary sources, he argues that radical politics played a decisive role in the transformation of popular literature from the plebian miscellany of the 1790s to the mass-circulation fiction and popular journalism of the 1840s. By charting the key moments in the history of 'cheap' literature, the book 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

Introduction : a nation of readers1
1The people's enlightenment : the radical diffusion of knowledge in the late eighteenth century11
2Writing for their country : the plebeian public sphere in the 1790S26
3The pax femina? Hannah More, counter-revolution and the politics of female agency56
4The palladium of liberty : radical journalism and repression in the postwar era81
5'Democratic fervour and journal ascendancy' : popular culture and the 'unstamped' wars of the 1830s112
6The Charist revolution139
7Fathers of the cheap press or 'able speculators'? Edward Lloyd and George W. M. Reynolds162
8The rights and wrongs of woman192
9Acts of oblivion : 1848 and after218

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