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2nd Edition

By Aidan Day


222 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Enlightenment or Romantic? 2. Constructions of the Term Romantic 3. Enlightenment and Romantic 4. American Romanticism

About the Author/Editor

Aidan Day is Professor of English at the University of Dundee, Scotland and has held Chairs in English at University of Edinburgh and at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He specialises in literature of the ‘long’ Nineteenth Century and in post-1945 literatures in English. He is the author of numerous articles and his books include Tennyson’s Scepticism (2005), Angela Carter: The Rational Glass (1998), Romanticism (1st Edition, 1996) and Jokerman: Reading the Lyrics of Bob Dylan (1988). He is also co-editor, with Christopher Ricks, of The Tennyson Archive, 31 vols., 1987-93.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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