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Romantic literature and postcolonial studies /
Elizabeth A. Bohls.
imprint
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2013.
description
xiii, 206 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
074864198X (Paper), 9780748641987 (Paper)
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imprint
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2013.
isbn
074864198X (Paper)
9780748641987 (Paper)
catalogue key
8784485
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [179]-197) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Elizabeth A. Bohls, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon, is the author of Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716-1818 and co-editor of the anthology Travel Writing 1700-1830.
Summaries
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This book examines the relationship between romantic writing and the rapidly expanding British Empire. Literature played a crucial role in constructing and contesting the modern culture of empire that was fully in place by the start of the Victorian period. Postcolonial criticism's concern with issues of geopolitics, race and gender, subalternity and exoticism shape discussions of works by major authors such as Blake, Coleridge, both Shelleys, Austen and Scott, as well as their less familiar contemporaries.
Description for Reader
This book examines the relationship between Romantic writing and the rapidly expanding British Empire. Literature played a crucial role in constructing and contesting the modern culture of empire that was fully in place by the start of the Victorian period. Postcolonial criticism's concern with issues of geopolitics, race and gender, subalternity and exoticism shape discussions of works by major authors such as Blake, Coleridge, both Shelleys, Austen and Scott, as well as their less familiar contemporaries. Key Features: Explains how key theoretical concerns of postcolonial studies - its analyses of imaginary geography, the construction of otherness or difference, and cultural hybridity - have dramatically changed our understanding of Romantic literature Provides accessible yet sophisticated in-depth analyses of selected texts, in a range of genres, whose interpretation is illuminated by postcolonial criticism Includes a bibliographical essay along with up-to-date bibliography of criticism, editions of primary works, and selected historical materials
Description for Teachers/Educators
Postcolonial Criticism; Romantic Literature / Romanticism
Main Description
Arguing that literature of the Romantic period must be understood in the context of British colonial expansion and imperial rule, this text surveys Romantic literature's role in consolidating Britain as the centre of empire. It highlights the ways in which the expanding print market served readers eager to learn about the wider world: Romantic poetry and travel writing, for example, went hand in hand. Elizabeth Bohls shows that while Exoticism and Orientalism help us understand colonial discourses and imperial ideologies, texts not overtly concerned with the exotic, like Wordsworth's and Austen's, also engage the historical problematic of empire. Covers travel writing, slave narratives, political prose as well as novels and poetry Reads canonical materials (Coleridge, Austen, Scott, Shelley, etc.) in new ways Wide coverage: the Romantic Geographies chapter treats travel in the Pacific, Canada/North America, the Caribbean, Africa and India, while the Romantic Orientalism chapter treats writings on India Book jacket.
Main Description
Examines the relationship between Romantic writing and the rapidly expanding British EmpireLiterature played a crucial role in constructing and contesting the modern culture of empire that was fully in place by the start of the Victorian period. Postcolonial criticism's concern with issues of geopolitics, race and gender, subalternity and exoticism shape discussions of works by major authors such as Blake, Coleridge, Percy and Mary Shelley, Austen and Scott, as well as their less familiar contemporaries. Explains how key theoretical concerns of postcolonial studies - imaginary geography, Otherness & difference and cultural hybridity - have dramatically changed our understanding of Romantic literatureo Demonstrates how selected texts, in a range of genres, are illuminated by postcolonial criticismo Includes a bibliographical essay along with an up-to-date bibliography of criticism, editions of primary works and selected historical materials
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. vi
Series Editors' Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Timelinep. ix
Introduction: Romantic Literature from the Marginsp. 1
Romantic Geographiesp. 15
Slavery and the Romantic Imaginationp. 49
Scottish Romantic Literature and Postcolonial Studiesp. 88
Romantic Orientalismsp. 127
Coda: Romantic Readers and Writers, Selves and Othersp. 166
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 198
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