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1798 : The Year of the Lyrical Ballads - Richard Cronin

1798

The Year of the Lyrical Ballads

By: Richard Cronin (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th July 1998
ISBN: 9780333714089
Number Of Pages: 259

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1798 is a significant date in literary history: in that year the Lyrical Ballads were published anonymously by Joseph Cottle, the Bristol bookseller. But this is a volume not about the Lyrical Ballads , but about their year. It is an attempt to re-create and examine the literary culture of 1798, the culture on which Wordsworth and Coleridge decided to make their 'experiment'. It is a book in which Wordsworth and Coleridge vie for attention, as they did in 1798, with many other writers, including Schleiermacher, John Thelwall, Mary Hays, the Abbe Barruel, Walter Savage Landor, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Malthus, Joanna Baillie, George Canning, Robert Sothey and the Reverend T.J. Mathias. The chapters of this book work together to define a single historical moment that marked the beginning of romanticism in England.

Richard Cronin's 1798: The Year of the Lyrical Ballards...cheerfully decenters the publication...whose bicentennial is its putative occasion...In a wide-ranging essay, Gaull brings a lively reading to Malthus's Essay that illuminates how its primary subject focuses a range of interests across the social and cultural landscape of 1798...Stabler wonders how to assay the parade of sufferers in Lyrical Ballards in the scale of sentiment and satire. It's a good question [a fresh and decidedly helpful approach] to a volume whose trickiest poems, such as Simon Lee, frame this dilemma: does this poet make ridiculous the figure for whom he is always exhorting our sympathy?' - Susan J. Wolfson, The Wordsworth Circle

'This is, altogether, a suggestive and diverse collection - and a strong inauguration for a hand-some new series, Romanticism in Perspective.' - Seamus Perry, Times Literary Supplement

Contributors Introduction The Year of the System; C. Siskin Sexing the Critic: Mary Wollstonecraft at the Turn of the Century; N. Trott 'Dr' Bailliel; D. McMillan Malthus on the Road to Excess; M. Gaull Gebir and Jacobin Poetry; R. Cronin Humphrey Davy: Poetry, Science and the Love of Light; A. Jenkins England and France in 1798: The Enlightenment, the Revolution and the Romantics; P. Jimack Coleridge, Schlegel and Schleiermacher: England, Germany (and Australia) in 1798; S. Prickett 'Atmospheric Air Itself': Medical Science, Politics and Poetry in Thelwall, Coleridge and Wordsworth; N. Roe Guardians and Watchful Powers: Literary Satire and Lyrical Ballads in 1798; J. Stabler Wordsworth's 'Leveling' Muse in 1798; J.A.W. Heffernan Index

ISBN: 9780333714089
ISBN-10: 0333714083
Series: Romanticism in Perspective
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 259
Published: 13th July 1998
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2