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1st Edition

A Literary and Cultural History

ISBN 9780415679084
Published May 10, 2016 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

The Romantic period coincided with revolutionary transformations of traditional political and human rights discourses, as well as witnessing rapid advances in technology and a primitivist return to nature. As a broad global movement, Romanticism strongly impacted on the literature and arts of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in ways that are still being debated and negotiated today.

Examining the poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, and the arts of the period, this book considers:

  • Important propositions and landmark ideas in the Romantic period;
  • Key debates and critical approaches to Romantic studies;
  • New and revisionary approaches to Romantic literature and art;
  • The ways in which Romantic writing interacts with broader trends in history, politics, and aesthetics;
  • European and Global Romanticism;
  • The legacies of Romanticism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Containing useful, reader-friendly features such as explanatory case studies, chapter summaries, and suggestions for further reading, this clear and engaging book is an invaluable resource for anyone who intends to study and research the complexity and diversity of the Romantic period, as well as the historical conditions which produced it.

Table of Contents

Note on Texts  Note on Translation  Preface  Introduction: Romanticism and its discontents  Chapter 1: Historical, Intellectual and Social Contexts  Chapter 2: Romantic Forms, Genres and Language  Chapter 3: Romantic Groups and Associations  Chapter 4: National, Regional and Local Romanticism  Chapter 5: Romanticism in the Arts  Chapter 6: European Romanticism  Chapter 7: Global Romanticism  Conclusion: Legacies of Romanticism  Guide to Further Reading  Timeline  Bibliography  Index

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Carmen Casaliggi is a Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.

Porscha Fermanis is an Associate Professor in Romantic Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland.