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Radical Sensibility

Literature and Ideas in the 1790s, 1st Edition

By Chris Jones


232 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

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Routledge Library Editions: Romanticism

This set reissues 28 books on Romanticism originally published between 1940 and 2006. Routledge Library Editions: Romanticism provides an outstanding collection of scholarship which explores not only Romantic literature but the Romantic Movement as a whole, including art, philosophy and science.

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