Kevin Gilmartin explores the literary forms of counterrevolutionary expression in Britain, analysing the role of periodical reviews and anti-Jacobin fiction in the campaign against revolution, and closes with a fresh account of the conservative careers of Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: reconsidering counterrevolutionary expression; 1. In the theater of counterrevolution: Loyalist association and vernacular address; 2. 'Study to be quiet': Hannah More and counterrevolutionary moral reform; 3. Reviewing subversion: the function of criticism at the present crisis; 4. Subverting fictions: the counterrevolutionary form of the novel; 5. Southey, Coleridge, and the end of anti-Jacobinism in Britain; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Choice Award - Outstanding Academic Title 2007
"...Writing against Revolution succeeds admirably in what it sets out to do: it uncovers the breadth, diversity, and complexity of counterrevolutionary writing in the Romantic period. With impeccable research in both primary and critical texts, Gilmartin brings the
controversies of the early decades of the nineteenth century to life."
-Judith W. Page,University of Florida