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Drawing on a wide range of source material, the book situates canonical Romantic writers within a nuanced, and highly detailed ideological context, while challenging our inherited understanding of the Romantic tradition itself as the social conscience of nineteenth-century capitalism.
Introduction, 'The Condition of England'
1. 'A Deeper Nature': Malthus, Poetry and Political economy
2. Moral Culture and the March of Mind: Economics and Education in the Early Nineteenth Century
3. The Politics of Apostasy: Coleridge, Wordsworth and Lake School Literary Conservatism
4. Radicals, Reformers and Legislators of the World
5. Robert Southey and the Infections of Commerce
Conclusion, The Politics of Romanticism