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Romanticism in the Shadow of War
Literary Culture in the Napoleonic War Years

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107071940

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  • Jeffrey N. Cox reconsiders the history of British Romanticism, seeing the work of Byron, the Shelleys, and Keats responding not only to the 'first generation' Romantics led by Wordsworth, but more directly to the cultural innovations of the Napoleonic War years. Recreating in depth three moments of political crisis and cultural creativity - the Peace of Amiens, the Regency Crisis, and Napoleon's first abdication - Cox shows how 'second generation' Romanticism drew on cultural 'border raids', seeking a global culture at a time of global war. This book explores how the introduction on the London stage of melodrama in 1803 shaped Romantic drama, how Barbauld's prophetic satire Eighteen Hundred and Eleven prepares for the work of the Shelleys, and how Hunt's controversial Story of Rimini showed younger writers how to draw on the Italian cultural archive. Responding to world war, these writers sought to embrace a radically new vision of the world.

    • Reconceives the development of British Romanticism that recovers a lost literary epoch
    • Discusses how writers, including Byron, Mary and Percy Shelley, and Keats, responded to the Napoleonic Wars
    • Shows how Romantic era issues and forms still shape contemporary culture
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… richly rewarding … Couched in lucid prose that eschews academese without detracting from the scholasticism of Cox's undertaking, Romanticism in the Shadow of War wholly encompasses the richness of the era and its literary culture."
    The Times Literary Supplement

    "… a charming, a fascinating, and a groundbreaking read."
    Cian Duffy, Notes and Queries

    'Jeffrey Cox has written an elegant and persuasive book about literary genres considered as cultural maneuvers on the English home front during the course of the Napoleonic Wars strictly defined, 1800–15.' Kenneth R. Johnston, The BARS Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107071940
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: border raids as cultural practice
    1. Holcroft's Parisian expedition
    2. After war: Manfred and the melodrama
    3. Barbauld's sallies
    4. Love beyond faith and hope: Percy and Mary Shelley on history and prophecy
    5. The import of Hunt's 'Italianism'
    6. Cockneys in Tuscany
    Select bibliography.

  • Author

    Jeffrey N. Cox, University of Colorado Boulder
    Jeffrey N. Cox is Professor of English, of Comparative Literature, and of Humanities at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is also the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Affairs. He is the author of Poetry and Politics in the Cockney School: Shelley, Keats, Hunt, and their Circle (Cambridge, 1998) and In the Shadows of Romance: Romantic Tragic Drama in Germany, England, and France (1987).

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