Britain's Bloodless Revolutions
1688 and the Romantic Reform of Literature (Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print)
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|Format:||Paperback, 248 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 17 July 2012|
In 1688 an institutional change subordinated the monarchy to the parliament, in part to avert the violence of the recent past. A century later a radical print culture threatened to take this process a step further and subordinate parliament to "the voice of the people". This did not happen. A shift from an expansive, Enlightenment-based print culture to a private, imaginative realm of literature redirected the powerful and effects of print and subordinated politics to culture. Romantic-period writers found in 1688 a model for containing the threat of popular violence that had come to be linked with freedom of the press and freedom of association. Not only did they write endlessly about bloodless Revolution, reinventing it in the process; they also wrote as bloodless Revolution, enacting this new form of politics and reinventing literature itself in the process. Against a more traditional reading of Romanticism, one that sees a revolutionary literature emerge from a failure to revolt, this book, now in paperback and with a new Preface, argues that literature did not manifest this failure but in fact helped to occasion it.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Paperback Edition Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: VIOLENCE AND THE PURSUITS OF LITERATURE Why Literature - Not the People - Rose Lyrical Ballads and Terrorist Systems The Political Institution of Literature PART II: FROM THE BLOODLESS TO THE ROMANTIC REVOLUTION Jacobitism and Enlightenment Bloodless Revolution and the Form of the Novel Notes Bibliography Index
About the Author
ANTHONY JARRELLS is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, USA. He is the editor of the 'Selected Prose' volume of Blackwood's Magazine, 1817-1825 (2006) and the author of articles and chapters published in Novel, Studies in Romanticism, A Concise Companion to the Romantic Age, Blackwood's and Romanticism, and the Oxford History of the Novel in English, 1750-1820. Currently, he is working on a book about the Romantic-period tale..
'... intelligent and attractive book.' - Archives 'Anthony Jarrells' Britain's Bloodless Revolutions displays striking and innovative insights into the relationship between literature and social change. Arguing that the concept of non-violent change became a cultural ideal in Britain following the 'Glorious' Revolution of 1688, Jarrells traces the operation of that ideal in British writing through the turbulent times of the Romantic Era. His readings of an extensive sampling of works by Edmund Burke, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Helen Maria Williams, Scottish Enlightenment thinkers and Walter Scott show how literature was enlisted to manage conflict and contain threats. His analyses and conclusions deserve the attention of scholars and students interested in the struggle between violent and peaceful approaches to change during the 'long' eighteenth century.' - Regina Hewitt, Professor of English, University of South Florida, USA
|Publisher: ||Palgrave Macmillan|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 13.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.32 kg)|