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Romance and Revolution
Shelley and the Politics of a Genre

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521021104

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  • The revival of romance as a literary form and the imaginative impact of the French Revolution are acknowledged influences on English Romanticism, but their relationship has rarely been addressed. In this innovative study of the transformations of a genre, David Duff examines the paradox whereby the unstable visionary world of romance came to provide an apt language for the representation of revolution, and how the literary form was itself politicised in the period. Drawing on an extensive range of textual and visual sources, he traces the ambivalent ideological overtones of the chivalric revival, the polemical appropriation of the language of romance in the 'pamphlet war' of the 1790s, and the emergence of a radical cult of chivalry among the Hunt-Shelley circle in 1815–17. Central to the book is a detailed analysis of Shelley's neglected revolutionary romances Queen Mab and Laon and Cythna, flawed but fascinating poems in which the politics of romance is most fully displayed.

    • The first study to address in detail the relationship between romance form and literary responses to the French Revolution
    • Deals with two major but neglected long poems by Shelley
    • Surveys a wide range of literary, political, and visual material (including, for example, political cartoons, which are illustrated)
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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521021104
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.459kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The French Revolution and the politics of romance
    2. Romance and revolution in Queen Mab
    3. Sir Guyon de Shelley and friends: new light on the chivalric revival
    4. The right road to paradise: Laon and Cythna
    or, The Revolution of the Golden City
    Notes
    Select Bibliography
    Index.

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    David Duff, University of Aberdeen

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