At the Limits of Romanticism

At the Limits of Romanticism : Essays in Cultural, Feminist and Materialist Criticism

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Romanticism has traditionally excluded or undervalued the work of popular women writers, narrative poetry, the novel, most of contemporary journalism, and the decorative arts. As a result, issues of the marketplace, class, and competing cultural discourses have been easier to ignore. The essays in this collection question romanticism's suppression of the feminine, the material, and the collective, and its opposition to readings centering on these concerns. In their inquiries, the contributors consider authors as diverse as Felicia Hemans, Ann Yearsley, Byron, William and Sarah Hazlitt, Walter Scott, Samuel Rogers, and Robert Southey. Here a number of influential critics - including Kurt Heinzelman, Sonia Hofkosh, Anne Janowitz, Marjorie Levinson, and Peter T. Murphy - map these previously neglected territories, articulating a series of surprising and refreshing arguments that redefine the borders of more

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 157.5 x 235.2 x 18.5mm | 472.77g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 6 b&w photographs
  • 025320853X
  • 9780253208538

About Mary A. Favret

MARY A. FAVRET teaches English and Women's Studies at Indiana University and is author of Romantic Correspondence: Women, Politics and the Fiction of Letters. NICOLA J. WATSON teaches English at Northwestern University and is author of Revolution and the Form of the Novel 1790-1825: Intercepted Letters, Interrupted more

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Acknowledgments Introduction; 1. Wordsworth and Romanticism in the Academy / John Rieder; 2. Climbing Parnassus, and Falling Off / Peter T. Murphy; 3. A Home for Art: Painting, Poetry and Domestic Interiors / Mary A. Favret; 4. A Voice from across the Sea: Communitarianism at the Limits of Romanticism / Anne Janowitz; 5. The Uneducated Imagination: Romantic Representations of Labor / Kurt Heinzelman; 6. Sexual Politics and Literary History: William Hazlitt's Keswick Escapade and Sarah Hazlitt's Journal / Sonia Hofkosh; 7. Why Should I Wish for Works?: Literacy, Articulation, and the Borders of Literary Culture / Lucinda Cole and Richard G. Swartz; 8. History, Imperialism, and the Aesthetics of the Beautiful: Hemans and the Post-Napoleonic Moment / Nanora Sweet; 9. Trans-figuring Byronic Identity / Nicola J. Watson; 10. Butchering James Hogg: Romantic Identity in the Magazine Market / Mark L. Schoenfield; 11. An Embarrassing Subject: Use Value and Exchange Value in Early Gothic Characterization / Andera Henderson; 12. Liquidating the Sublime: Gossip in Scott's Novels / Jan B. Gordon; 13. Romantic Criticism: The State of the Art / Marjorie Levinson Notes on Contributors; Indexshow more

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" ... provocative insights." --Nineteenth-Century Literature "... a series of well researched and persuasive essays examining what has been traditionally excluded from the Romantic literary canon: the feminine, the domestic, the local, collective, sentimental and novelistic." --Women's Studies Network (UK) Association Newsletter "... a contribution of real quality to ongoing debates." --British Journal for 18th Century Studiesshow more

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