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Romantic Imperialism : Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity - Saree Makdisi

Romantic Imperialism

Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity

Paperback Published: 15th June 1998
ISBN: 9780521586047
Number Of Pages: 268

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The years between 1790 and 1830 saw over 150 million people brought under British Imperial control, and one of the most momentous outbursts of British literary and artistic production, announcing a new world of social and individual traumas and possibilities. This book traces the emergence of new forms of imperialism and capitalism as part of a culture of modernization in the period, and looks at the ways in which they were identified with, and contested in, Romanticism, through original readings of texts by Wordsworth, Blake, Byron, Shelley and Scott.

'An original and brilliant interpretation of Romanticism which will have a significant impact on the way culture and imperialism are conceptualized. This invaluable contribution has the potential to alter our view of Romanticism, and speaks equally forcefully to scholars working in other fields, such as postcolonial theory, Victorian studies, cultural studies, literary theory, and materialist criticism.' Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University 'A brilliant, impressive body of work.' Wordsworth Circle 'Makdisi's timely study offers a powerfully lucid theoretical strategy for placing Romanticism within the frame of imperialism.' Romanticism

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: universal empire
Home imperial: Wordsworth's London and the spot of time
Wordsworth and the image of nature
Waverley and the cultural politics of dispossession
Domesticating exoticism: transformations of Britain's Orient, 1785-1835
Beyond the realm of dreams: Byron, Shelley and the East
William Blake and the universal empire
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521586047
ISBN-10: 0521586046
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 15th June 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.32  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.38