Literary Minstrelsy, 1770-1830: Minstrels and Improvisers in British, Irish, and American Literature

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Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 15, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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This book argues that Romantic-era writers used the figure of the minstrel to imagine authorship as a social, responsive enterprise unlike the solitary process portrayed by Romantic myths of the lone genius. Simpson highlights the centrality of the minstrel to many important literary developments from the Romantic era through to the 1840s.

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ERIK SIMPSON is an Assistant Professor of English at Grinnell College. He has published articles in ELH, European Romantic Review and the Journal of the Midwest MLA.

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