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The revolution in popular literature : print, politics and the people, 1790-1860 /
Ian Haywood.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2004.
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xii, 332 p. : ill.
ISBN
0521835461
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2004.
isbn
0521835461
catalogue key
5184118
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
This survey of the evolution of British popular literature during the Romantic and Victorian periods relies on a broad range of archival and primary sources. Arguing that radical politics played a decisive role in the transformation of popular literature, Ian Haywood charts key moments in the history of "cheap" literature. The book accordingly casts new light on many neglected popular genres and texts: the "pig's meat" anthology, the female-authored didactic tale, and Chartist fiction.
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This book takes a new look at the evolution of popular literature in Britain in the Romantic and Victorian periods. Making use of a wide range of archival and primary sources, he argues that radical politics played a decisive role in the transformation of popular literature. By charting the key moments in the history of 'cheap' literature, the book casts new light on the many neglected popular genres and texts: the 'pig's meat' anthology, the female-authored didactic tale, and Chartist fiction.
Main Description
This book takes a new look at the evolution of popular literature in Britain in the Romantic and Victorian periods. Ian Haywood argues that developments in the history of popular literature emerged from its intersection with radical and reactionary politics of the time. Both sides wanted to win the heart and mind of the 'common reader' and used books to try to influence a newly literate group in society. Making use of a wide range of archival and primary sources, he argues that radical politics played a decisive role in the transformation of popular literature from the plebeian miscellany of the 1790s to the mass-circulation fiction and popular journalism of the 1840s. By charting the key moments in the history of 'cheap' literature, the book casts light on the many neglected popular genres and texts: the 'pig's meat' anthology, the female-authored didactic tale, and Chartist fiction.
Description for Bookstore
By charting the key moments in the history of 'cheap’ literature, this book casts new light on the many neglected popular genres and texts including the 'pig’s meat’ anthology, the female-authored didactic tale, and Chartist fiction.
Description for Bookstore
By charting the key moments in the history of 'cheap' literature, this book casts new light on the many neglected popular genres and texts including the 'pig's meat' anthology, the female-authored didactic tale, and Chartist fiction.
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Ian Haywood takes a fresh look at the evolution of popular literature in Britian in the Romantic and Victorian periods. He argues that the intersection of popular literature with radical and reactionary politics was crucial for its development.
Table of Contents
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Abbreviations
Introduction
`A New Area in Our History'
The people's Enlightenment: the radical diffusion of knowledge in the late eighteenth century
Writing for their country: the plebeian public sphere in the 1790s
The pax femina? Hannah More, counter-revolution, and the politics of female agency
`Virtuous Public Excitement'
The Palladium of liberty: radical journalism and repression in the postwar era
`Democratic fervour and journal ascendancy': popular culture and the `unstamped' wars of the 1830s
A Literature of Their Own
The Chartist revolution
Fathers of the cheap press or `able speculators'?
The rights and wrongs of women
Acts of oblivion: 1848 and after
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