Psychology Press, 1996 - 352 pages
Romantic Writings is an ideal introduction to the cultural phenomenon of Romanticism - one of the most important European literary movements and the cradle of 'Modern' culture.
Here you will find an accessible introduction to the well-known male Romantic writers - Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats. Alongside are chapters dealing with poems by Charlotte Smith, Mary Robinson, Ann Barbauld, Elizabeth Barrett Browning which challenge the idea that these men are the only Romantic writers. As a further counterpoint the book also includes discussion of two German Romantic short stories by Kleist and Hoffman. Throughout, close-reading of texts is matched by an insistence on reading them in their historical context.
Romantic Writings offers invaluable discussions of issues such as the notion of the Romantic artist; colonialism and the exotic; and the particular situation of women writers and readers.
CHAPTER TWO Versions of British Romantic writing
CHAPTER THREE Defences of poetry
CHAPTER FOUR Women writers and readers
CHAPTER FIVE Reading The Prelude
CHAPTER SIX Romantic verse narrative
CHAPTER SEVEN Reading Byron
CHAPTER EIGHT Women poets 17801830
CHAPTER NINE Romantic allegory
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