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The Cambridge history of English romantic literature /
edited by James Chandler.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
description
xii, 782 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
9780521790079 (hardback)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
isbn
9780521790079 (hardback)
catalogue key
6817404
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-11-01:
Fifty years ago, literary studies was awash in big theories of Romanticism, created by the likes of M. H. Abrams, Geoffrey Hartman, and Harold Bloom; two decades later, Marilyn Butler argued that the very label "Romantic" was "historically unsound." This collection suggests that no consensus has yet emerged: instead, the best of the essays suggest continuities with periods before and after. Rather than big theories, the contributors present kaleidoscopic snapshots of individual genres (the novel, the "new poetry," drama, the ballad, children's literature); larger intellectual currents (John Brewer writes exceptionally well on "sentiment and sensibility"); currently fashionable topics (imperialism, publishing history, disciplinarity); and--most interesting--the varying cultures of discrete localities (London, Ireland, Scotland). The result is an excellent book useful not as a reference resource, though it does include a valuable chronology, but rather for its summaries of early-21st-century thinking about British literary culture from the 1770s to the 1830s. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. D. L. Patey Smith College
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Advance praise: 'Fifty years ago, literary studies was awash in big theories of Romanticism, created by the likes of M. H. Abrams, Geoffrey Hartman, and Harold Bloom; two decades later, Marilyn Butler argued that the very label 'Romantic' was 'historically unsound'. This collection suggests that no consensus has yet emerged: instead, the best of the essays suggest continuities with periods before and after. Rather than big theories, the contributors present kaleidoscopic snapshots of individual genres (the novel, the 'new poetry', drama, the ballad, children's literature); larger intellectual currents (John Brewer writes exceptionally well on 'sentiment and sensibility'); currently fashionable topics (imperialism, publishing history, disciplinarity); and - most interesting - the varying cultures of discrete localities (London, Ireland, Scotland). The result is an excellent book useful … for its summaries of early twenty-first-century thinking about British literary culture from the 1770s to the 1830s.' Choice
"Fifty years ago, literary studies was awash in big theories of Romanticism, created by the likes of M. H. Abrams, Geoffrey Hartman, and Harold Bloom; two decades later, Marilyn Butler argued that the very label "Romantic" was "historically unsound." This collection suggests that no consensus has yet emerged: instead, the best of the essays suggest continuities with periods before and after. Rather than big theories, the contributors present kaleidoscopic snapshots of individual genres (the novel, the "new poetry," drama, the ballad, children's literature); larger intellectual currents (John Brewer writes exceptionally well on "sentiment and sensibility"); currently fashionable topics (imperialism, publishing history, disciplinarity); and--most interesting--the varying cultures of discrete localities (London, Ireland, Scotland). The result is an excellent book useful not as a reference resource, though it does include a valuable chronology, but rather for its summaries of early-21st-century thinking about British literary culture from the 1770s to the 1830s." --Choice
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This History presents an engaging account of six decades of literary production around the turn of the nineteenth century and reflects the most up-to-date research. With a comprehensive bibliography, timeline and index, this volume will be an important resource for research and teaching in the field.
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The Romantic period was one of the most creative, intense and turbulent periods of English literature, an age marked by revolution, reaction, and reform in politics, and by the invention of imaginative literature in its distinctively modern form. This History presents an engaging account of six decades of literary production around the turn of the nineteenth century. Reflecting the most up-to-date research, the essays are designed both to provide a narrative of Romantic literature, and to offer new and stimulating readings of the key texts. One group of essays addresses the various locations of literary activity - both in England and, as writers developed their interests in travel and foreign cultures, across the world. A second set of essays traces how texts responded to great historical and social change. With a comprehensive bibliography, timeline and index, this volume will be an important resource for research and teaching in the field.
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This history presents an account of six decades of literary production around the turn of the 19th century. The essays are designed both to provide a narrative of Romantic literature and to offer stimulating readings of the key texts.
Description for Bookstore
This History presents an engaging account of literary production around the turn of the nineteenth century. The essays are designed to provide a narrative of Romantic literature and new and stimulating readings of key texts. Now in paperback, this volume is an important resource for research and teaching.

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