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Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public
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  • Page extent: 260 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.55 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 821/.709145
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR590 .F73 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English poetry--19th century--History and criticism
    • Romanticism--Great Britain
    • Authors and readers--Great Britain--History--19th century
    • Books and reading--Great Britain--History--19th century
    • Authors and publishers--Great Britain--History--19th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521868877)

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Dramatic changes in the reading public and literary market in early nineteenth-century England not only altered the relationship between poet and reader but prompted new conceptions of the poetic text, literary reception, and authorship. With the decline of patronage, the rise of the novel and the periodical press, and the emergence of the mass reading public, poets could no longer assume the existence of an audience for poetry. Andrew Franta examines how the reconfigurations of the literary market and the publishing context transformed the ways poets conceived of their audience and the forms of poetry itself. Through readings of Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Hemans, and Tennyson, and with close attention to key literary, political, and legal debates, Franta proposes a new reading of Romanticism and its contribution to modern conceptions of politics and publicity.

Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: the regime of publicity; 1. Public opinion from Burke to Byron; 2. Wordsworth's audience problem; 3. Keats and the review aesthetic; 4. Shelley and the politics of political poetry; 5. The art of printing and the law of libel; 6. The right of private judgement; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Reviews

"A fine study of a still-neglected area in romantic literature, [Franta's] book should be consulted by anyone with an interest in how fundamental changes to literary production and consumption during the romantic period reshaped the relationship between writer and reader."
-Tim Milnes, University of Edinburgh, Journal of British Studies

"Acute and suggestive in its readings, Romanticism is a welcome addition to the scholarship on the converging stories of Romanticism and the mass public in modernity and is of definite interest for scholars drawn to the subject."
-Orrin N. C. Wang, University of Maryland, Modern Philology,

"Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public is a dense and challenging study, but the clarity with which Franta articulates the stakes and novelty of his argument mean that its density comes without obfuscation. The result is a fantastic book, one that commands attention for its novel interpretation of how Romantic print culture and developments in publicity change our understanding of the idea of the public in the period, but also—and especially—for its inspired close readings of Romantic poetry that force us to rethink critical orthodoxies about Romanticism and that show how literary form itself must be understood in relation to the rise of the mass public."
-Jonathan Sachs, Concordia University, Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net,

"...presents an original approach to Romantic-era publicity and poetry...important because it not only reevaluates the public sphere's development but also challenges the self-representative "espressivist aesthetics" often associated with Romantic authors...This cogent and timely study encourages us to reconsider book-historical analysis in ways that will be helpful for those studying poetic development, print culture, and Romantic-era celebrity...a compelling exploration of the intersections between material culture and authorial imagining that helped define Romantic literature, and which continue to influence scholarly estimations of the period today."
-Lindsey Eckert, University of Toronto, Studies in Romanticism 2011

"Acute and suggestive in its readings, Romanticism is a welcome addition to the scholarship on the converging stories of Romanticism and the mass public in modernity and is of definite interest for scholars drawn to the subject."
-Orrin N. C. Wang,University of Maryland

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