Radical Sensibility Literature and Ideas in the 1790s
First published in 1993. Radical Sensibility provides a detailed account of the interrelations of literature, ideas and history in the eighteenth century’s Revolutionary decade.
The book traces a continuity of ideas from Shaftesbury to Godwin and Wollstonecraft, and sets it beside a conservative tradition established in the work of Hume and Adam Smith. As a guide to the transformations of ‘sensibility’ as a concept, Jones examines the trajectories of three writers who work spans the decade: Charlotte Smith, Helen Maria Williams, and the early Wordsworth.
A mixture of literary textual analysis and historical and political documentation, Radical Sensibility will be important reading for students and teachers of poetry, ideas and the novel.
Preface; Abbreviated Titles; Introduction; 1. Varieties of Sensibility 2. Towards Revolution 3. Sensibility in Revolution: Godwin and Wollstonecraft 4. Sensibility in Reaction 5. Helen Maria Williams: Radical Chronicler 6. Charlotte Smith as Radical Novelist 7. Wordsworth and Sensibility; Notes; Bibliography; Index