Aidan Day considers the history and usage of the term Romanticism, and the changing views and debates which surround it. He traces its history through nineteenth and twentieth-century readings, incorporating contemporary debates such as feminism, post-structuralism and new historicism. Day places the traditional canon in the wider context of their contemporary political and philosophical thinkers. A range of writers, both canonical and non-canonical, are included in his survey, including: * William Blake * William Wordsworth * Samuel Taylor Coleridge * John Keats * Shelley * Edmund Blake * Thomas Paine * Mary Wollstonecraft * Jane Austen * Charlotte Smith * Anna Laetitia Barbauld Romanticism takes a clear, wide-ranging view of the subject and is essential reading for students new to the subject.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Towards a Definition. 1. Enlightenment or Romantic; Humanitarianism; Nature; Enlightenment or Sensibility; 2. Constructions of the term 'Romantic'; Politics and Literature; Poststructuralism and Romanticism; 3. Enlightenment and Romantic; Politics and Spirituality; Conservative Novelists; Historicism and Romanticism; New Radicalism; Romanticism and Conservatism; 4. Gender and the Sublime; Primary Sources; Bibliography; Index
Aidan Day is Professor of British Literature and Culture at the University of Aarhus. His principal areas of research are British literature of the Romantic and Victorian periods together with post-1945 literature in English.