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Romantic Metropolis

Romantic Metropolis
The Urban Scene of British Culture, 1780–1840

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James Chandler, Kevin Gilmartin, Ian Duncan, Jon Klancher, John Barrell, Saree Makdisi, Frances Ferguson, Ann Bermingham, Iain McCalman, Simon During, Peter Manning, Anne Janowitz, Celeste Langan
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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521839013

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  • Exploring diverse cultural productions from poems and paintings, to exhibition sites, panoramas, and political organizations, some of the most exciting critics of Romanticism do long-overdue justice to the role of the city in British Romanticism. Their essays challenge the traditional conception that Romanticism was rooted in nature and rural life, by demonstrating that much of its uniqueness originated within the city. Examining the Romantic period from the urban perspective, they reveal how rapid developments in population, industry, communication, trade, and technology set the stage and the tone for many great literary and cultural achievements.

    • Essays by major scholars of Romanticism
    • Examining the theme of the city provides ways of understanding the culture and literature of the period
    • Contributes to 'material culture studies'
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'This cityscape is both importantly represented in, and crucial locus for, Romantic period creativity, and this volume emphasises these facets in a way that has not before been undertaken.' BARS Bulletin and Review

    Review of the hardback: 'Romantic Metropolis as a whole compels us to re-examine the way our own conception of Romanticism has been invented by excluding everything but what Hazlitt and other 'major' Romantics upheld to forger the image of the 'serious' and solitary Romantic artist. This collection of enlightening essays constitutes a valuable and vitalising contribution to ever-expanding Romantic scholarship.' Studies in English Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521839013
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: engaging the eidometropolis James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin
    Part I. Metropolis, Nation, and Empire:
    1. Edinburgh, capital of the nineteenth century Ian Duncan
    2. Discriminations, or Romantic cosmopolitanisms in London Jon Klancher
    Part II. Urban Radicalism and Reform:
    3. London and the London Corresponding Society John Barrell
    4. Blake's metropolitan radicalism Saree Makdisi
    5. Envy rising Frances Ferguson
    Part III. Metropolitan Spectacle:
    6. Urbanity and the spectacle of art Ann Bermingham
    7. Mystagogues of revolution: Cagliostro, de Loutherbourg and Romantic London Iain McCalman
    8. 'The Temple lives': the Lyceum and Romantic show business Simon During
    Part IV. The New Poetics of Urban Publicity:
    9. Manufacturing the Romantic image: Hazlitt and Coleridge lecturing Peter Manning
    10. The artifactual sublime: making London poetry Anne Janowitz
    11. Venice Celeste Langan.

  • Editors

    James Chandler, University of Chicago

    Kevin Gilmartin, California Institute of Technology


    James Chandler, Kevin Gilmartin, Ian Duncan, Jon Klancher, John Barrell, Saree Makdisi, Frances Ferguson, Ann Bermingham, Iain McCalman, Simon During, Peter Manning, Anne Janowitz, Celeste Langan

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