In recent years the canon of eighteenth-century poetry has greatly expanded to include women poets, labouring-class and provincial poets, and many previously unheard voices. Fairer’s book takes up the challenge this ought to pose to our traditional understanding of the subject.
This book seeks to question some of the structures, categories, and labels that have given the age its reassuring shape in literary history. In doing so Fairer offers a fresh and detailed look at a wide range of material.
Editors' Preface Acknowledgements Author's Preface 1. Between Manuscript and Print 2. Debating Politeness 3. Wit, Imagination, and Mock-Heroic 4. The Verse Letter 5. Pastoral and Georgic 6. The Romantic Mode, 1700-1730 7. Sublimity, Nature and God 8. Recovering the Past 9. Genuine Voices 10. Economics of Landscape 11. Sensibility: Selves, Friends, Communities Chronology General Bibliographies Individual Poets