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Romanticism and the Painful Pleasures of Modern Life

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Romanticism and the Painful Pleasures of Modern Life by Andrea K. Henderson
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In their pursuit of emotional extremes, writers of the Romantic period were fascinated by experiences of pain and misery, and explored the ability to derive pleasure, and produce creative energy, out of masochism and submission. These interests were closely connected to the failure of the industrial and democratic revolutions to fulfil their promise of increased economic and political power for everyone. Writers as different as Frances Burney, William Hazlitt, John Keats, and Lord Byron both challenged and came to terms with the injustices of modern life through their representations of submission. In this book, Andrea K. Henderson teases out these configurations and analyses the many ways ideas of mastery and subjection shaped Romantic artistic forms, from literature and art to architecture and garden design. This provocative and ambitious study ranges widely through early nineteenth-century culture to reveal the underlying power relations that shaped Romanticism.

Author Biography

Andrea K. Henderson is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine.
Release date NZ
March 20th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
314
Dimensions
152x228x19
ISBN-13
9780521884020
Product ID
2059644

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