Rousseau, Robespierre and English Romanticism

Rousseau, Robespierre and English Romanticism

by Gregory Dart
     
 

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This book reopens the question of Rousseau's influence on the French Revolution and on English Romanticism, by examining the relationship between his confessional writings and his political theory. Gregory Dart argues that by looking at the way in which Rousseau's writings were mediated by the speeches and actions of Robespierre, we can gain a clearer and more

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This book reopens the question of Rousseau's influence on the French Revolution and on English Romanticism, by examining the relationship between his confessional writings and his political theory. Gregory Dart argues that by looking at the way in which Rousseau's writings were mediated by the speeches and actions of Robespierre, we can gain a clearer and more concrete sense of the legacy he left to English writers. He shows how the writings of Godwin, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth and Hazlitt rehearse and reflect upon the Jacobin tradition in the aftermath of the Terror.

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"...Dart's discussion of each of these writers is valuable..." Michael Wiley, The Wordsworth Circle

...unique insight into Rousseau and the period." Choice

"This recent book by Gregory Dart is a well-informed and intelligently executed account of the impact of Rousseau's thought upon British romanticism... Rousseau, Robespirre, and Romanticism is a valuable, highly readable addition to romantic scholarship, a text that future analysts of the intersections of politics and literature in the age of romanticism would do well to read with care. Alertly attentive to the texts it reads, it sketches with considerable success the highly important process of Rousseau's assimilation into the political life of England in the post-revolutionary era." Stidies in Romanticism, 40 (Summer 01)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521020398
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Romanticism Series , #32
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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