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Cultural politics in the 1790's : literature, radicalism and the public sphere /
Andrew McCann.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Macmillan Press ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
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xi, 226 p.
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0312216459
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Macmillan Press ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
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0312216459
catalogue key
2474707
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-06-01:
McCann (Univ. of Queensland, Australia) examines the often paradoxical relationships between the public and private spheres in the revolutionary years in England between 1788 and 1802. The author reads early Romantic prose by Burke, Godwin, Thelwall, Wollstonecraft, Lewis, and Edgeworth, noting the conflation of the public and the private with the aid of two Marxist revisionists of Habermas--Negt and Kluge--who imagine the possibility of a proletarian or "counterhegemonic" public sphere. Other Habermasian readings of Romanticism have been successful (e.g., the special issue of Studies in Romanticism, Winter 1994), but McCann's dollops of theoretical jargon serve only to obfuscate, not to clarify, the argument. The prose, especially in the introduction, is impenetrable; and when stripped of the jargon, the readings of individual authors are rarely profound or original. Facile invocations of print culture and other modish critical concepts too often take the place of serious engagement with texts. Undergraduates will find the book perfectly inscrutable, and few others will find it worth the trouble of decoding. J. T. Lynch Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark
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...Cultural Politics in the 1790s is both accomplished and promising.Studies in Romanticism
...Cultural Politics in the 1790s is both accomplished and promising. Studies in Romanticism
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Cultural Politics in the 1790sexamines the relationship between sentimental literature, political activism and the public sphere at the end of the eighteenth century. Drawing on critical theorists such as Habermas, Negt and Kluge, Marcuse and Foucault, it attempts to demonstrate how major literary and political figures of the 1790s can be read in terms of the broader dynamics of modernity. Reading a diverse range of political and literary material from the period, it examines how relationships between the aesthetic and the political, the private and the public, mark the emergence and consolidation of bourgeois behavioral norms and the simultaneous marginalization of potentially more radical forms of political and cultural production.
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Cultural Politics in the 1790s examines the relationship between sentimental literature, political activism and the public sphere at the end of the eighteenth century. Drawing on critical theorists such as Habermas, Negt and Kluge, Marcuse and Foucault, it attempts to demonstrate how major literary and political figures of the 1790s can be read in terms of the broader dynamics of modernity. Reading a diverse range of political and literary material from the period, it examines how relationships between the aesthetic and the political, the private and the public, mark the emergence and consolidation of bourgeois behavioral norms and the simultaneous marginalization of potentially more radical forms of political and cultural production.
Main Description
Cultural Politics in the 1790s examines the relationship between sentimental literature, political activism and the public sphere at the end of the eighteenth century. Drawing on critical theorists such as Habermas, Negt and Kluge, Marcuse and Foucault, it attempts to demonstrate how major literary and political figures of the 1790s can be read in terms of the broader dynamics of modernity. Reading a diverse range of political and literary material from the period, it examines how relationships between the aesthetic andthe political, the private and the public, mark the emergence and consolidation of bourgeois behavioral norms and the simultaneous marginalization of potentially more radical forms of political and cultural production.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: Literature and the Public Sphere in the 1790sp. 1
Edmund Burke's Immortal Law: Reading the Impeachment of Warren Hastings, 1788p. 33
William Godwin and the Pathological Public Sphere: Theorizing Communicative Action in the 1790sp. 59
Politico-Sentimentality: John Thelwall, Literary Production and the Critique of Capital in the 1790sp. 83
Gothic Consumption: Populism, Consumerism and the Discipline of Readingp. 107
Domestic Revolutions: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Limits of Radical Sentimentalityp. 145
Conjugal Love and the Enlightenment Subject: the Colonial Context of Non-identity in Maria Edgeworth's Belindap. 181
Notesp. 207
Indexp. 223
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