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The essays collected in this volume are drawn from the conferences which took place throughout the British academic community in 1989 to mark the bicentenary of the French Revolution. Mary Wollstonecraft, Edmund Burke and Tom Paine provide a strong recurring central focus of attention, but there are also searching considerations of the impact of the Revolution on the Romantic poets, and on such relatively neglected figures as Hannah More, who here receives constructive analysis from a feminist perspective. Theoretical issues are also a major interest in this volume, including both the Revolutionary period's own attempts to theorize its experience, and our contemporary struggle to establish a mode of literary-historical analysis which can mediate between text, history and theory.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 139.7 x 222.25 x 12.7mm
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0335097561
  • 9780335097562

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Romanticism, history, historicisms; Hannah More's counter-revolutionary feminism; gender in revolution - Edmund Burke and Mary Wollstonecraft; "the cool eye of observation" - Mary Wollstonecraft and the French Revolution; the limits of Paine's revolutionary literalism; Shelley, "The Cenci" and the French Revolution.
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