England in 1819:The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism

England in 1819:The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism
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Many of the writers from 1819, argues James Chandler, were acutely aware not only of their writing's place in history, but also of its place as history--a realization of a literary "spirit of the age" that resonates strongly with the current "return to history" in literary studies. Chandler explores the ties between Romantic and contemporary historicism and offers a series of cases of his own built around key texts from 1819.

"1819? At first sight, it might not seem a 'hot date'; but as James Chandler argues in his powerful book, it would be a mistake to overlook a year of such exceptional political conflagration and literary pyrotechnics in British history. Chandler's study is a wide-ranging, enormously ambitious, densely packed, closely argued work."--John Brewer, New Republic

"The book's largest argument, and the source of its considerable revelations, is that late twentieth-century practices of cultural history-writing have their roots in the peculiar Romantic historicism born in post-Waterloo Britain."--Jon Klancher, Times Literary Supplement

"A monumental work of scholarship."--Terry Eagleton, The Independent

ISBN: 
9780226101095
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Paperback
Publication Date: 
June 26, 1999