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Author Christensen, Jerome, 1948- author.

Title Romanticism at the End of History [electronic resource] / Jerome Christensen.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2003]


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Summary ""A refreshingly new discussion of Romanticism... provides new insights into the connection between the lives and works of Wordsworth and Coleridge." - Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature The Romantics lived through a turn of the century that, like our own, seemed to mark an end to history as it had long been understood. They faced accelerated change, including unprecedented state power, armies capable of mass destruction, a polyglot imperial system, and a market economy driven by speculation. In Romanticism at the End of History , Jerome Christensen challenges the prevailing belief that the Romantics were reluctant to respond to social injustice. Through provocative and searching readings of the poetry of Wordsworth; the poems, criticism, and journalism of Coleridge; the Confessions of De Quincey; and Sir Walter Scott's Waverley , Christensen concludes that during complicated times of war and revolution English Romantic writers were forced to redefine their role as artists. "The most brilliant, comprehensive, and humanizing discussion of Romanticism I've encountered in a long time: criticism that unabashedly loves its subject." -Frank McConnell, University of California, Santa Barbara "How, asks Christensen, can one resist commercialist hegemony in the posthistorical world?... This book bravely and passionately asserts the contemporary relevance of the utopian impulse in "˜Romantic' writing without falling prey to its ideological posturing." - Modern Language Review "[Christensen's] formulation of the Romantics is fascinating, bound up with the future of poetry as well as the way in which we should think about their historical significance." - This Year's Work in English Studies"-- Provided by Freading.
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Subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and history -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Literature and the revolution.
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Literature and the wars.
English literature -- French influences.
Romanticism -- Great Britain.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
ISBN 9780801874987 (epub)
9780801879036 (print)
Standard No. 9780801874987

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