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Urbanization and English Romantic Poetry


Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108402637

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  • Through an incisive analysis of the emerging debates surrounding urbanization in the Romantic period, together with close readings of poets including William Blake, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Stephen Tedeschi explores the notion that the Romantic poets criticized the historical form that the process of urbanization had taken, rather than urbanization itself. The works of the Romantic poets are popularly considered in a rural context and often understood as hostile to urbanization - one of the most profound social transformations of the era. By focusing on the urban aspects of such writing, Tedeschi re-orientates the relationship between urbanization and English Romantic poetry to deliver a study that discovers how the Romantic poets examined not only the influence of urbanization on poetry but also how poetry might help to reshape the form that urbanization could take.

    • Delivers a significant re-orientation of the work of major Romantic poets, including Wordsworth and Coleridge
    • Illuminates the urban aspects of the writing of the Romantic poets through close readings of writers including William Blake, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Develops new critical relations between literature and ecology, political economy, and urban sociability
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    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108402637
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: urbanization and English Romantic poetry
    1. Urban ideology in eighteenth-century and Romantic poetry
    2. Coleridge and the civilization of cultivation
    3. Wordsworth and the affects of urbanization
    4. Shelley and the political representation of urbanization
    5. Robinson, Barbauld, and the limits of luxury
    Conclusion: English Romantic poetry and urbanization.

  • Author

    Stephen Tedeschi, University of Alabama
    Stephen Tedeschi is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Alabama. His articles have appeared in European Romantic Review, Keats-Shelley Journal, Essays in Romanticism, and Keats-Shelley Review.

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