Religion, Toleration, and British Writing, 1790-1830

Religion, Toleration, and British Writing, 1790-1830


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Religion, Toleration, and British Writing, 1790-1830 by James Chandler, Mark Canuel

Mark Canuel examines the way that Romantic poets, novelists and political writers criticized the traditional religious conformity of British political unity. Canuel reveals how writers (including Jeremy Bentham, Ann Radcliffe, Maria Edgeworth and Lord Byron) undermined the validity of religion in the British state, and envisioned a tolerant and more organized mode of social inclusion and protection. He asserts that these writers considered their works to be political and literary commentaries on religious toleration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521021586
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/20/2005
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism Series , #53
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Mark Canuel is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has published numerous articles and reviews on Romantic writing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Preface; 1. Romanticism and the writing of toleration; 2. 'Holy hypocrisy' and the rule of belief: Radcliffe's gothics; 3. Coleridge's polemic divinity; 4. Sect and secular economy in the Irish national tale; 5. Wordsworth and 'the frame of social being'; 6. 'Consecrated fancy': Byron and Keats; 7. Conclusion: the inquisitorial stage; Selected bibliography; Index.

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