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Sentimental Masculinity and the Rise of History, 1790–1890

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521898591

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  • Mike Goode challenges received accounts of the development of modern historical thought, arguing that, in Romantic and Victorian Britain, struggles over historical authority were as much disputes over the nature of proper masculinity as they were contests over ideas and interpretations. Drawing on primary materials from such diverse fields as political economy, moral philosophy, medicine, antiquarian study, and visual satire, Goode uncovers a Romantic historical tradition - one most influentially realized by historical novels - which held that historians must be manly and sentimental in order to understand history properly. Goode further shows how and why, by later in the nineteenth century, the bodies and feelings - but not the gender - of historians came to be regarded as irrelevant to their scholarly projects. The result is an unconventional account of the rise of history, one that focuses more on novelists, political philosophers, and caricaturists than on historians.

    • Transforms the received account of the genesis of modern historical thought
    • Draws on primary materials from a wide variety of disciplinary fields and genres
    • Contains a coda on the heritage industry, living history museums, and historical re-enactment
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    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521898591
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 6 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The feeling of history
    2. Edmund Burke and the erotics of Romantic historicism
    3. Reflections in the print shop windows: caricaturing and contesting historical sense in the Revolution controversy
    4. Morbid antiquaries and vital men of feeling: the gender of history in the Waverley novels
    5. Boredom and the excitements of history: settling interests, nerves, and narratives in Rob Roy and Northanger Abbey
    6. Uneven manliness and the separate spheres of Victorian history
    Coda. Living history, reenacting, and the period rush.

  • Author

    Mike Goode, Syracuse University, New York
    Mike Goode is Assistant Professor in the English Department, Syracuse University.

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