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Romantic Sociability

Social Networks and Literary Culture in Britain, 1770-1840


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Challenging the assumptions which underlie an understanding of the 'Romantics' as solitary and anti-sociable, and Romanticism as representing the rejection of Enlightenment sociability, this 2002 volume introduces sociability to the field of Romantic literary and cultural studies. The volume engages with Jurgen Habermas' model of the 'public sphere' which emphasizes the coffee-house and club as models of an older, masculine eighteenth-century sociability, and focuses on the changing nature of sociability in British radical culture of the 1790s and on the gendered nature of sociability. In a range of essays which examine modes of sociability as diverse as circles of sedition, international republicanism, Dissenting culture, Romantic lecturing, theatre, and shopping, the volume transforms our understanding of Romanticism by exploring the social networks of such central Romantic figures as Anna Barbauld, Frances Burney, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Godwin, William Hazlitt, Anne Lister, Robert Merry, Joseph Priestley, John Thelwall and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Author Biography

Gillian Russell is Senior Lecturer in English at the Australian National University. She is author of The Theatres of War: Performance, Politics and Society, 1793-1815 (1995) and an associate editor of The Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832 ed. Iain McCalman (1999). Her articles have appeared in Eighteenth-Century Life, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. Clara Tuite is Lecturer in English at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Romantic Austen (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and an associate editor of The Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832 ed. Iain McCalman (1999).
Release date NZ
April 20th, 2006
Edited by Clara Tuite Edited by Gillian Russell
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
4 b/w illus.
Cambridge University Press
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