At the Limits of Romanticism

At the Limits of Romanticism

Essays in Cultural, Feminist, and Materialist Criticism
Mary Favret and Nicola Watson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/22/1994
Format: Paperback 6 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-20853-8
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... provocative insights."—Nineteenth-Century Literature

... a series of well researched and persuasive essays examining what has been traditionally excluded from the Romantic literary canon: the feminine, the domestic, the local, collective, sentimental and novelistic." —Women’s Studies Network (UK) Association Newsletter

... a contribution of real quality to ongoing debates." —British Journal for 18th Century Studies

The essays in this collection question romanticism’s suppression of the feminine, the material, and the collective, and its opposition to readings centering on these concerns.

Author Bio

MARY A. FAVRET teaches English and Women’s Studies at Indiana University and is author of Romantic Correspondence: Women, Politics and the Fiction of Letters. NICOLA J. WATSON teaches English at Northwestern University and is author of Revolution and the Form of the Novel 1790–1825: Intercepted Letters, Interrupted Seductions.

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Table of Contents



1. Wordsworth and Romanticism in the Academy: John Rieder
2. Climbing Parnassus, and Falling Off: Peter T. Murphy
3. A Home for Art: Painting, Poetry and Domestic Interiors
Mary A. Favret
4. A Voice from across the Sea: Communitarianism at the Limits of Romanticism
Anne Janowitz
5. The Uneducated Imagination: Romantic Representations of Labor
Kurt Heinzelman
6. Sexual Politics and Literary History: William Hazlitt’s Keswick Escapade and sarah Hazlitt’s Journal
Sonia Hofkosh
7. Why Should I Wish for Works?: Literacy, Articulation, and the Borders of Literary Culture
Lucinda Cole and Richard G. Swartz
8. History, Imperialism, and the Aesthetics of the Beautiful: Hemans and the Post-Napoleonic Moment
Nanora Sweet
9. Trans-figuring Byronic Idenity
Nicola J. Watson
10. Butchering James Hogg: Romantic Identity in the Magazine Market
Mark L. Schoenfield
11. An Embarrassing Subject: Use Value and Exchange Value in Early Gothic Characterization
Andera Henderson
12. Liquidating the Sublime: Gossip in Scott’s Novels
Jan B. Gordon
13. Romantic Criticism: The State of the Art
Marjorie Levinson

Notes on Contributors