The Romantic Period was one of the most exciting periods in English literary history. This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the intellectual and cultural background to Romantic literature. It is accessibly written and avoids theoretical jargon, providing a solid foundation for students to make their own sense of the poetry, fiction and other creative writing that emerged as part of the Romantic literary tradition.
Author’s Preface 1. The Political and Economic Scene 2. Travel, Exploration, and the Geographies of Mind 3. The Literary Marketplace 4. Education and the Family 5. Science 6. Religion and Ethics 7. The Sense of the Past 8. Aesthetics and the Visual Arts Chronology General Bibliographies Individual Authors Index