The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism

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Stuart Curran
Cambridge University Press, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 311 pages
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This Companion offers a unique introduction, guide, and reference work for students and readers of Romantic literature. The age of British Romanticism was a period of turbulent transition between the professed stability of the Enlightenment before it and the Victorian middle-class culture which succeeded it. Against a background of international warfare, the Romantic age embodied in its greatest literature a sense of competing values and ideals explored sceptically in the creative process, rather than dogmatic certainties fulfilled in its completion. Recent scholarship has led to the rejection of the easy categories once used to label Romanticism, but until now there has been no concerted attempt to represent to students of the period the full range of conflicting forces responsible for its dynamic literature. The eleven original essays which make up this volume make a significant contribution to our understanding of the period, providing readers with clear and coherent access to the historical roots, intellectual ferment, and cultural range of British Romanticism. It includes a chronology of major publications and events, and an extensive guide to further reading.
  

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Contents

Romanticism criticism and theory
1
Romanticism and Enlightenment
25
Poetry in an age of revolution
48
German Romantic Idealism
74
Romanticism and language
95
Cultures medium the role of the review
120
Romantic Hellenism
148
Women readers women writers
177
Romantic fiction
196
Romantic poetry why and wherefore?
216
The sister arts in British Romanticism
236
Chronology
271
Bibliography
285
Index
297
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