The Routledge History of Literature in English

Britain and Ireland

Author: Ronald Carter,John McRae

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415123429

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 584

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This new guide to the main developments in the history of British and Irish Literature uniquely charts some of the main features of literary language development and highlights key language topics. Clearly structured and highly readable, unlike traditional histories of literature it spans over a thousand years of literary history from AD 600 to the present day. It emphasizes the growth of literary writing, its traditions, conventions and changing characteristics, and includes literature from the margins, both geographical and cultural. Key features of the book are: * an up-to-date guide to the major periods of literature in English in Britain and Ireland * extensive coverage of post-1945 literature * language notes spanning AD 600 to the present * extensive quotations from poetry, prose and drama * a timeline of the important historical and political events This will be essential reading for all students of English literature and language.

Caleb Williams

Author: William Godwin

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191607908

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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'He appears to be persecutor and I the persecuted: is not this difference the mere creature of the imagination?' Caleb is a guileless young servant who enters the employment of Ferdinando Falkland, a cosmopolitan and benevolent country gentleman. Falkland is subject to fits of unexplained melancholy, and Caleb becomes convinced that he harbours a dark secret. His discovery of the truth leads to false accusations against him, and a vengeful pursuit as suspenseful as any thriller. The novel is also a powerful political allegory, inspired by the events of the decade following the French Revolution. This new edition reproduces the original novel of 1794, which captures the raw indignation and sense of injustice felt by victims of British law. It includes the startlingly different manuscript ending, and selected variants in the second and third editions reflecting changes in Godwin's political and philosophical thinking. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

British Romantic Drama

Historical and Critical Essays

Author: Terence Allan Hoagwood,Daniel P. Watkins

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838637432

Category: Drama

Page: 235

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The present volume attempts a systematic explanation of various dimensions of Romantic drama by foregrounding both the theoretical and practical questions bearing on Romantic drama in its historical situation. In this effort, the volume intentionally gravitates toward discussion of lesser-known works of the period, rather than such major dramas as Manfred or Prometheus Unbound. This is because the poetic dramas by Byron and Shelley have already been the subject of many useful historicist investigations, and also because lesser-known works - for instance, the dramas of Scott, Wordsworth's Borderers, and the many revolutionary and counter-revolutionary dramas of the period - provide avenues into historical and ideological issues that cannot be adequately addressed by exclusive attention to dramas long recognized as canonical.

Politics and Genre in the Works of Elizabeth Hamilton, 1756-1816

Author: Claire Grogan

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409450880

Category: History

Page: 174

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In the first book-length study of Elizabeth Hamilton, Grogan addresses a significant gap in scholarship and complicates critical understanding of the Romantic woman writer. Arguing that politically centrist writers have been overlooked, Grogan suggests that situating Hamilton in terms of the Jacobin/anti-Jacobin framework obscures her radical innovations in the deployment of genre. Hamilton's example shows new strategies for uncovering the means by which women writers participated in the revolutionary debate.

The Romantic Reformation

Religious Politics in English Literature, 1789-1824

Author: Robert M. Ryan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521604543

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 308

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This is the first book to examine the literature of the Romantic period as a conscious attempt to effect the religious transformation of society. Robert Ryan argues that the political quarrel that preoccupied England during the Romantic period was in large part an argument about the religious character of the nation, and that the Romantics became active and conspicuous participants in this public debate. Where critics have traditionally viewed the Romantics as creative metaphysicians articulating private visions of a transcendent order in detachment from actual social conflict, Ryan shows instead that their religious prescriptions were formulated in response to specific historical and social circumstances. This book shows how the careers of Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, and the Shelleys are radically reconfigured when viewed in the context of the period's passionate debate on religion, politics and society.

Romance and Revolution

Shelley and the Politics of a Genre

Author: David Duff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521450188

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Relates the revival of literary romance to the French Revolution's imaginative impact on English Romanticism.