Following an introduction on the historical origins of the Romantic Movement, the author examines the principal Romantic poets of England, Germany, and France. In the chapters of the second part, he concentrates on the critical principles of Romantic aesthetics, the Romantic image of the person as reflected in the novel, and Romantic ethical and political theories. In the chapters of the third, more speculative, part, he investigates the comprehensive syntheses of romantic thought in history, philosophy, and theology.
This clear and engaging guide introduces the history, major writers and critical issues of Romanticism. This fully updated second edition includes discussion of a broad range of writers, a new chapter on American Romanticism, discussion of the romantic sublime or romantic imagination, and an engagement with critical debates such as postcolonialism, gender studies and ecocriticism.
This new edition of The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism has been fully revised and updated and includes two wholly new essays, one on recent developments in the field, and one on the rapidly expanding publishing industry of this period.
The Romantic Period was one of the most exciting periods in English literary history. This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the intellectual and cultural background to Romantic literature. It is accessibly written and avoids theoretical jargon, providing a solid foundation for students to make their own sense of the poetry, fiction and other creative writing that emerged as part of the Romantic literary tradition.
How and why childhood became so important to such a wide range of Romantic writers has long been one of the central questions of literary historical studies. Ann Wierda Rowland discovers new answers to this question in the rise of a vernacular literary tradition. Romanticism and Childhood is the first study to demonstrate that a rhetoric of infancy and childhood enabled Romantic writers to construct a national literary history and culture capable of embracing a wider range of literary forms.
Convinced that the end of the world was at hand, many Romantic women writers assumed the role of the female prophet to sound the alarm before the final curtain fell. Orianne Smith argues that their prophecies were performative acts in which the prophet believed herself to be authorized by God to bring about social or religious transformation through her words. Utilizing a wealth of archival material across a wide range of historical documents, Orianne Smith explores the work of prominent women writers.