Exploring diverse cultural productions from poems and paintings, to exhibition sites, panoramas, and political organizations, some of the most exciting critics of Romanticism do long-overdue justice to the role of the city in British Romanticism. Their essays challenge the traditional conception that Romanticism was rooted in nature and rural life, by demonstrating that much of its uniqueness originated within the city. Examining the Romantic period from the urban perspective, they reveal how rapid developments in population, industry, communication, trade, and technology set the stage and the tone for many great literary and cultural achievements.
Introduction: engaging the eidometropolis James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin; Part I. Metropolis, Nation, and Empire: 1. Edinburgh, capital of the nineteenth century Ian Duncan; 2. Discriminations, or Romantic cosmopolitanisms in London Jon Klancher; Part II. Urban Radicalism and Reform: 3. London and the London Corresponding Society John Barrell; 4. Blake's metropolitan radicalism Saree Makdisi; 5. Envy rising Frances Ferguson; Part III. Metropolitan Spectacle: 6. Urbanity and the spectacle of art Ann Bermingham; 7. Mystagogues of revolution: Cagliostro, de Loutherbourg and Romantic London Iain McCalman; 8. 'The Temple lives': the Lyceum and Romantic show business Simon During; Part IV. The New Poetics of Urban Publicity: 9. Manufacturing the Romantic image: Hazlitt and Coleridge lecturing Peter Manning; 10. The artifactual sublime: making London poetry Anne Janowitz; 11. Venice Celeste Langan.