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Romanticism and masculinity : gender, politics, and poetics in the writings of Burke, Coleridge, Cobbett, Wordsworth, De Quincey, and Hazlitt /
Tim Fulford.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
xi, 250 p. : ill.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-10-01:
Here is a learned, well-written, extremely tiresome, and often grotesque book by a well-respected British scholar. The theme is now among the most fashionable in Romantic studies: the presence and significance of "gendered discourse" in the major writers of the period. As is so often the case, the results of the enquiry are known in advance. Nevertheless, it gives one a jolt to read that in the Regency period (1811-20) "the sexual conduct of the aristocracy was at the heart of domestic politics," and a positive gasp to be told that "traditional models of authority and gender had been discredited without being successfully displaced"! Abandoning common sense altogether, Fulford asserts that "Coleridge's Kubla and his Mariner [both written in the 1790s] ask Regency Britain, so in want of a hero, whether men's will to appropriate power is not limiting and self-destructive as well as politically dangerous." As for "Christabel," almost predictably the poem "calls women's subordination to masculine power structures into question." Ideologically driven absurdities of this kind abound and thus give a wildly distorted account of every writer the author deals with. Undergraduates are unlikely to get beyond a few pages of a work addressed solely to scholars for whom literature is primarily of interest as a branch of the social sciences. For researcher collections only. N. Fruman University of Minnesota
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In this book, Tim Fulford examines the male Romantics' versions of poetic authority in the context of their involvement in the political debates of Regency Britain. He argues that their response to Burke's gendered discourse about power effected radical changes in the definitions of masculinity and femininity. Discussing Wollstonecraft, Godwin, Radcliffe, Malthus and Mary Robinson, he offers new perspectives on current critical debates concerning the Gothic, the sublime, and gender.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Some Versions of Masculinity in Romanticism
Burke: The Gendering of Power
Coleridge in the 1790s: Lord of Thy Utterance
"Manly Reflection": Masculinity in Coleridge's Criticism
Sexual Politics: Burke, Coleridge and Cobbett
Wordsworth: The "Time Dismantled Oak?"
De Quincey and Hazlitt: To Have and Have Not the Power
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