Romanticism was a revolutionary intellectual and artistic movement which generated some of the most popular and influential texts in British and American literary history. This clear and engaging guide introduces the history, major writers and critical issues of this crucial era. This fully updated second edition includes:
- Discussion of a broad range of writers including William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, John Keats, Ralph Waldo Emerson, H.D. Thoreau, Frederick Douglas
- A new chapter on American Romanticism
- Discussion of the romantic sublime or romantic imagination
- An engagement with critical debates such as postcolonialism, gender studies and ecocriticism.
Introduction 1. Enlightenment or Romantic? 2. Constructions of the Term Romantic 3. Enlightenment and Romantic 4. American Romanticism