Romanticism, Revolution and Language: The Fate of the Word from Samuel Johnson to George Eliot

Romanticism, Revolution and Language: The Fate of the Word from Samuel Johnson to George Eliot

by John Beer
     
 

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The repercussions of the French Revolution included erosion of many previously held certainties in Britain, as in the rest of Europe. Even the authority of language as a cornerstone of knowledge was called into question and the founding principles of intellectual disciplines challenged, as Romantic writers developed new ways of expressing their philosophy of the…  See more details below

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The repercussions of the French Revolution included erosion of many previously held certainties in Britain, as in the rest of Europe. Even the authority of language as a cornerstone of knowledge was called into question and the founding principles of intellectual disciplines challenged, as Romantic writers developed new ways of expressing their philosophy of the imagination and the human heart. This book traces the impact of revolution on language, from William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, to William Hazlitt, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot. A leading scholar in Romantic literature and theology, John Beer offers a persuasive new account of post-revolutionary continuities between the major Romantic writers and their Victorian successors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107412620
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/03/2013
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.51(d)

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John Beer is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus Fellow of Peterhouse.

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