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The Crisis of Literature in the 1790s : Print Culture and the Public Sphere - Paul Keen

The Crisis of Literature in the 1790s

Print Culture and the Public Sphere

By: Paul Keen

Hardcover Published: 28th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521653251
Number Of Pages: 316

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This book offers an original study of the debates which arose in the 1790s about the nature and social role of literature. Paul Keen shows how these debates were situated at the intersection of the French Revolution and a more gradual revolution in information and literacy reflecting the aspirations of the professional classes in eighteenth-century England. He shows these movements converging in hostility to a new class of readers, whom critics saw as dangerously subject to the effects of seditious writings or the vagaries of literary fashion. The first part of the book concentrates on the dominant arguments about the role of literature and the status of the author; the second shifts its focus to the debates about working-class activists, radical women authors, and the Orientalists, and examines the growth of a Romantic ideology within this context of political and cultural turmoil.

"As is, the book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Romantic notions of print culture and the public sphere, and cogently works through the ways in which such assumptions impinged upon, and were challenged by, the full range of writers seeking recognition within that prevailing cultural fantasy, the Republic of Letters." Wordsworth Circle

Acknowledgements
Introduction: problems now and then
Enlightenment
The republic of letters
Men of letters
Marginalia: Preamble: Swinish Multitudes
The poorer sort
Masculine women
Oriental literature
Conclusion: romantic revisions
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521653251
ISBN-10: 0521653258
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 28th November 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64