Until now there has been no concerted attempt to represent to students of Romanticism the full range of conflicting forces responsible for its dynamic literature. The eleven original essays that make up this volume make a significant contribution to our understanding of the period, providing readers with clear and coherent access to the historical roots, intellectual ferment and cultural range of British Romanticism. It includes a chronology of major publications and events, and an extensive guide to further reading.
"The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism is a strong collection of essays which should prove useful to a wide range of readers and might very well be used as a textbook in an introductory graduate seminar." Alfred Lutz, English Language Notes
Illustrations; Contributors; Preface; 1. Romanticism, criticism and theory David Simpson; 2. Romanticism and Enlightenment Marshall Brown; 3. Poetry in an Age of Revolution P. M. S. Dawson; 4. German Romantic Idealism Peter Thorslev; 5. Romanticism and language William Keach; 6. Culture's medium: the role of the review Marilyn Butler; 7. Romantic Hellenism Timothy Webb; 8. Women readers, women writers Stuart Curran; 9. Romantic fiction Gary Kelly; 10. Romantic poetry: why and wherefore? Stuart Curran; 11. The sister arts in British Romanticism Morris Eaves; Chronology; Bibliography; Index.