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Sociable Places
Locating Culture in Romantic-Period Britain

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Kevin Gilmartin, Ina Ferris, Jon Mee, David Fallon, Daniel O'Quinn, Paul Keen, Gillian Russell, Mark Philp, Christopher Rovee, Harriet Guest, Nicholas Rogers
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  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107064782

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  • Ranging across literature, theater, history, and the visual arts, this collection of essays by leading scholars in the field explores the range of places where British Romantic-period sociability transpired. The book considers how sociability was shaped by place, by the rooms, buildings, landscapes and seascapes where people gathered to converse, to eat and drink, to work and to find entertainment. At the same time, it is clear that sociability shaped place, both in the deliberate construction and configuration of venues for people to gather, and in the way such gatherings transformed how place was experienced and understood. The essays highlight literary and aesthetic experience but also range through popular entertainment and ordinary forms of labor and leisure.

    • Readers can see how bookshops, taverns, seaside resorts, ruins, assembly rooms, and other particular places shaped Romantic-period sociability
    • Offers a preliminary map of the sites for Romantic-period cultural sociability
    • Will interest those engaged in the ongoing enquiry into literary and cultural sociability, and collective rather than solitary Romantic culture
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107064782
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Kevin Gilmartin
    Part I. Print Relations:
    1. Recovering the country book club Ina Ferris
    2. 'Bread and cheese and porter only being allowed': radical spaces in London, 1792–5 Jon Mee
    3. Piccadilly booksellers and conservative sociability David Fallon
    Part II. Sociable Spectacle:
    4. Proxy Israelites: staging ethnic violence in the ring and the pit Daniel O'Quinn
    5. Fashionable subjects: exhibition culture and the limits of sociability Paul Keen
    Part III. Interior Places:
    6. 'The place is not free to you': the Georgian assembly room and the ends of sociability Gillian Russell
    7. Unconventional calling: Godwin, women and visiting in the 1790s Mark Philp
    Part IV. Traveling Sociability:
    8. Sociability among the ruins: the Colosseum by moonlight, circa 1820 Christopher Rovee
    9. Sociability by the sea side: Margate before 1815 Harriet Guest
    10. Lower deck narratives and sociability in the British Navy, 1750–1815 Nicholas Rogers.

  • Editor

    Kevin Gilmartin, California Institute of Technology
    Kevin Gilmartin is Professor of English at the California Institute of Technology, and has been a regular visiting professor in English at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York. He works on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature, with a particular interest in the politics of print culture and the history of print media. His most recent book is William Hazlitt: Political Essayist (2015).


    Kevin Gilmartin, Ina Ferris, Jon Mee, David Fallon, Daniel O'Quinn, Paul Keen, Gillian Russell, Mark Philp, Christopher Rovee, Harriet Guest, Nicholas Rogers

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