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British Romanticism
Criticism and Debates

Edited By

Mark Canuel

ISBN 9780415523820
Published December 11, 2014 by Routledge
662 Pages

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Book Description

Including classic essays and lively debates, British Romanticism shows that Romantic literature is an interesting and exciting topic to read and study. Combining key pieces from the last 25 years alongside newly written essays offering fresh takes on the area, this book covers the essential topics but with a contemporary and dynamic twist.

Each section includes a detailed introduction and covers issues which are as relevant to current readers as to those in the romantic period, such as media, science, religion, politics, ethics, gender, sexuality, race, nationalism and ethics. The book contains additional features such as suggestions for further reading and an introduction to the history of interpreting Romantic Literature. Designed to appeal to both undergraduate and postgraduate readers, this distinctive volume reflects the vibrant debates across Romantic Studies from the 1990s to the present.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1 Politics, Ideology, and the Literary  1. Insight and Oversight: Reading Tintern Abbey, Marjorie Levinson  2. Keats and Critique, Paul Hamilton  3. Βyron’s Causes: The Moral Mechanics of Don Juan, James Chandler  4. Stealing Culture in the Shadow of Revolutions, Daniel O’Quinn  Part 2 Aesthetics and Literary Form  5. Local Transcendence: Cultural Criticism, Postmodernism, and the Romanticism of Detail, Alan Liu  6. Historicism, Deconstruction, and Wordsworth, Frances Ferguson  7. Legislators of the Post-Everything Word: Shelley’s Defence of Adorno, Robert Kaufman  8. Utility, Retribution, and Godwin’s Caleb Williams, Mark Canuel  Part 3 Audiences and Reading Publics  9. The Sense of an Audience, Lucy Newlyn  10. Theater as the School of Virtue, Ann K. Mellor  11. Study to be Quiet, Kevin Gilmartin  12. Audience, Irony, and Shelley, Andrew Franta  Part 4 Authorship and Authority  13. From ‘National Tale’ to ‘Historical Novel’: Edgeworth, Morgan, and Scott, Ina Ferris  14. Keats’s Prescience, Andrew Bennett  15. DeQuincey’s Imperial Systems, Anne Frey  16. Milton Unbound, Margaret Russett  Part 5 Gender, Sexuality, and the Body  17. Gendering the Soul, Susan Wolfson  18. The Domestication of Genius: Cowper and the Rise of the Suburban Man, Andrew Elfenbein  19. Sensibility, Free Indirect Style, and the Romantic Technology of Discretion, Clara Tuite  20. Writing/Righting Gender, Jacqueline M. Labbe  Part 6 Racism, Nationalism, Imperialism  21. Was Frankenstein’s Monster ‘a Man and a Brother’?, H.L. Malchow  22. Blake and Romantic Imperialism, Saree Makdisi  23. "Voices of Dead Complaint" Colonial Military Disease Narratives, Alan Bewell  24. Anna Barbauld and the Ethics of Free Trade Imperialism, E.J. Clery  Part 7 Affects  25. Phantom Feelings, Emotional Occupation in The Mysteries of Udolpho, Adela Pinch  26. Female Authorship, Public Fancy, Julie Ellison  27. The Art of Knowing Nothing, Jacques Khalip  28. The Force off Indirection: ‘Tintern Abbey’ in the Literary History of Mood, David Collings  Part 8 Religion and Secularization  29. The Unknown God, Robert Ryan  30. Wordsworth’s Chastened Enthusiasm, Jon Mee  31. Godwin, Wollstonecraft, and the Legacies of Dissent, Daniel E. White  32. The Entangled Spirituality of ‘The Thorn’, Colin Jager  Part 9 Modernity and Postmodernity  33. The Romantic Movement at the End of History, Jerome Christensen  34. Everyday War, Mary Favret  35. Modernity’s Other Worlds, Ian Duncan  36. The Two Pipers: Romanticism, Postmodernism, and the Cliché, Orrin N. C. Wang  Part 10 Sciences of Mind, Body, and Nature  37. Coleridge and the New Unconscious, Alan Richardson  38. John Clare’s Dark Ecology, Timothy Morton  39. The Monster in the Rainbow: Keats and the Science of Life, Denise Gigante  40. Romantic Transformation: Literature and Science, Sharon Ruston  Part 11 Literature, Media, Mediation  41. Ballads and Bards: British Romantic Orality, Maureen McLane  42. Processing, Andrew Piper  43. If This is Enlightenment Then What is Romanticism?, Clifford Siskin and William Warner  44. Romantic Long Poems in Victorian Anthologies, Tom Mole

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Mark Canuel is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. He is author of Justice, Dissent, and the Sublime (2012), The Shadow of Death: Literature, Romanticism, and the Subject of Punishment (2007), and Religion, Toleration, and British Writing, 1790-1830 (2002).