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De Quincey's Romanticism : Canonical Minority and the Forms of Transmission - Margaret Russett

De Quincey's Romanticism

Canonical Minority and the Forms of Transmission

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Margaret Russett uses the example of Thomas De Quincey, the nineteenth-century essayist best remembered for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and his memoirs of Wordsworth and Coleridge, to examine the idea of the 'minor' author, and how it is related to what we now call the Romantic canon. The case of De Quincey, neither a canonical figure nor a disenfranchised marginal author, offers a point of access to specifically Romantic problems of literary transmission and periodisation. Taking an intertextual approach, Russett situates De Quincey's career against the works of Wordsworth and Coleridge; the essays of Lamb, Hazlitt, and other writers for the London Magazine; and discourses of ethics and political economy which are central to the problem of determining literary value. De Quincey's Romanticism shows how De Quincey helped to shape the canon by which his career was defined.

"Russett's impressive study is a shining addition to a growing corpus of fine criticism devoted to a writer whose minor standing has paradoxically become the hallmark of his considerable distinction." Nineteenth-Century Literature "...Russett's book is a smart, illuminating examintation of the role minor writing plays in the production of the Romantic canon." Romantic Circles Reviews

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Conversions: Wordsworth-s gothic interpreter
Transmissions: composing The Convention of Cintra
Impersonations: the magazinist as minor author
Reproductions: opium, prostitution and poetry
Appropriations: the counter-lives of the poet
Epilogue: minor Romanticism
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521572361
ISBN-10: 0521572363
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 29th October 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.63