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The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1740–1830

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Barbara M. Benedict, Simon Jarvis, Michael Scrivener, Saree Makdisi, Susan Manning, Gillian Russell, James Watt, Peter Sabor, Murray Pittock, Thomas Keymer, Jon Mee, Judith Pascoe, Paul Magnuson, Kathryn Sutherland, Greg Kucich, John Goodridge, Bridget Keegan
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  • Date Published: June 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521007573

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  • Offering an introduction to British literature challenging traditional eighteenth-century and Romantic studies, this Companion explores the development of literary genres and modes in a period of rapid change. Its contributors demonstrate how literature was influenced by such historical factors as the development of the book trade, the rise of literary criticism and the expansion of commercial society and empire. Linking established authors with those gaining new attention from scholars, the collection's broad scope makes it essential reading for students of eighteenth-century literature and Romanticism.

    • Offers unique and valuable overview bridging two important literary periods
    • Covers a wide range of topics and writers including Sterne, Blake, Barbauld and Austen
    • Accessibly written and comprehensive collection for students and scholars
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    "The most interesting thing about this book is its apparent disregard for the conventional break between the 18th century and the Romantic period...Recommended." J.T. Lynch, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, CHOICE

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    • Date Published: June 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521007573
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.524kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Part I. Contexts and Modes:
    1. Readers, writers, critics, and the professionalization of literature Barbara M. Benedict
    2. Criticism, taste, aesthetics Simon Jarvis
    3. Literature and politics Michael Scrivener
    4. Literature, national identity, and empire Saree Makdisi
    5. Sensibility Susan Manning
    6. Theatrical culture Gillian Russell
    7. Gothic James Watt
    Part II. Writers, Circles, Traditions:
    8. Richardson, Henry Fielding, and Sarah Fielding Peter Sabor
    9. Johnson, Boswell, and their circle Murray Pittock
    10. Sterne and Romantic autobiography Thomas Keymer
    11. Blake and the poetics of enthusiasm Jon Mee
    12. 'Unsex'd Females': Barbauld, Robinson, and Smith Judith Pascoe
    13. The Lake school: Wordsworth and Coleridge Paul Magnuson
    14. Jane Austen and the invention of the serious modern novel Kathryn Sutherland
    15. Keats, Shelley, Byron, and the Hunt circle Greg Kucich
    16. John Clare and the traditions of labouring-class verse John Goodridge and Bridget Keegan.

  • Editors

    Thomas Keymer, University of Toronto
    Thomas Keymer is Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. His recent books include Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel (2002), Richardson's Clarissa and the Eighteenth-Century Reader (paperback edition, 2004) and Pamela in the Marketplace: Literary Controversy and Print Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (with Peter Sabor, 2005). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Literature from 1740 to 1830 (with Jon Mee, 2004) and The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne (in progress), and co-general editor, with Peter Sabor, of The Cambridge Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Samuel Richardson (in progress).

    Jon Mee, University of Warwick
    Jon Mee was educated at Newcastle University and the University of Cambridge. After a Junior Research Fellowship at Jesus College, Oxford, he took up his first permanent position at the Australian National University. He returned to the University of Oxford to take up the Margaret Candfield Fellowship in English at University College and a post in the Oxford English Faculty. He moved to the University of Warwick in 2007 and then took his current position as Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of York in October 2013.


    Barbara M. Benedict, Simon Jarvis, Michael Scrivener, Saree Makdisi, Susan Manning, Gillian Russell, James Watt, Peter Sabor, Murray Pittock, Thomas Keymer, Jon Mee, Judith Pascoe, Paul Magnuson, Kathryn Sutherland, Greg Kucich, John Goodridge, Bridget Keegan

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