1798: The Year of the Lyrical Ballads

1798: The Year of the Lyrical Ballads


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1798: The Year of the Lyrical Ballads by Richard Cronin

1798 is a significant date in literary history: in that year the Lyrical Ballads were published anonymously by Joseph Cottle, the Bristol bookseller. But this is a volume not about the Lyrical Ballads , but about their year. It is an attempt to re-create and examine the literary culture of 1798, the culture on which Wordsworth and Coleridge decided to make their 'experiment'. It is a book in which Wordsworth and Coleridge vie for attention, as they did in 1798, with many other writers, including Schleiermacher, John Thelwall, Mary Hays, the Abbe Barruel, Walter Savage Landor, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Malthus, Joanna Baillie, George Canning, Robert Sothey and the Reverend T.J. Mathias. The chapters of this book work together to define a single historical moment that marked the beginning of romanticism in England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333714089
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 07/13/1998
Series: Romanticism in Perspective:Texts, Cultures, Histories Series
Edition description: 1998
Pages: 259
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

MARILYN GAULL Professor of English, Temple University and New York University
JAMES A. W. HEFFERNAN Professor of English, Dartmouth College
ALICE JENKINS Lecturer in English Literature, University of Glasgow
PETER JIMACK Emeritus Professor of French, University of Stirling and Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
DOROTHY MCMILLAN Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Glasgow
STEPHEN PRICKETT Regius Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Glasgow
NICHOLAS ROE Professor of English, University of St. Andrews
CLIFFORD SISKIN Professor of English and Comparative Literature, State University of New York
JANE STABLER Lecturer in English, University of Dundee

Table of Contents

Contributors Introduction The Year of the System; C. Siskin Sexing the Critic: Mary Wollstonecraft at the Turn of the Century; N. Trott 'Dr' Bailliel; D. McMillan Malthus on the Road to Excess; M. Gaull Gebir and Jacobin Poetry; R. Cronin Humphrey Davy: Poetry, Science and the Love of Light; A. Jenkins England and France in 1798: The Enlightenment, the Revolution and the Romantics; P. Jimack Coleridge, Schlegel and Schleiermacher: England, Germany (and Australia) in 1798; S. Prickett 'Atmospheric Air Itself': Medical Science, Politics and Poetry in Thelwall, Coleridge and Wordsworth; N. Roe Guardians and Watchful Powers: Literary Satire and Lyrical Ballads in 1798; J. Stabler Wordsworth's 'Leveling' Muse in 1798; J.A.W. Heffernan Index

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