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Romanticism, History, and the Possibilities of Genre
Re-forming Literature 1789–1837

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Tilottama Rajan, Julia M. Wright, Jon Klancher, Kevin Gilmartin, Gary Handwerk, Ina Ferris, Don Bialostosky, Judith Thompson, Jerrold E. Hogle, Mary Jacobus, Jerome McGann
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028363

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  • Romanticism has often been associated with lyric poetry, or otherwise confined within mainstream genres. As a result, we have neglected the sheer diversity and generic hybridity of a literature that ranged from the Gothic novel to the national tale, from monthly periodicals to fictionalized autobiography. In this new volume some of the leading scholars of the period explore the relationship between ideology and literary genre from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The introduction offers a fresh examination of how genre was rethought by Romantic criticism.

    • Contributors include leading scholars such as Jerome McGann, Mary Jacobus, Tilottama Rajan, Jon Klancher
    • Addresses current theoretical interest in genre, generic hybridity and the relationship between canonical and non-canonical writing
    • Wide range of critical and theoretical viewpoints within a coherent frame of debate; introduction brings in Romantic criticism on the topic
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    "The essays collected in Romanticism, History, and the Possibilities of Genre are a welcome sign of a renewed interest in the complex interaction of literature, history, and ideology during the Romantic period. This superb collection of essays significantly advances both the theory and practice of genre criticism." Alan Bewell, Letters in Canada

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028363
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.456kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction Tilottama Rajan and Julia M. Wright
    Part I. Genre, History, and the Public Sphere:
    1. Godwin and the genre reformers: on necessity and contingency in romantic narrative theory Jon Klancher
    2. Radical print culture in periodical form Kevin Gilmartin
    3. History, trauma, and the limits of the liberal imagination: William Godwin's historical fiction Gary Handwerk
    4. Writing on the border: the national tale, female writing, and the public sphere Ina Ferris
    Part II. Genre and Society:
    5. Genres from life in Wordsworth's art: Lyrical Ballads 1798 Don Bialostosky
    6. 'A voice in the representation': John Thelwall and the enfranchisement of literature Judith Thompson
    7. 'I am ill-fitted': conflicts of genre in Elisa Fenwick's Secresy Julia M. Wright
    8. Frankenstein as neo-Gothic: from the ghost of the couterfeit to the monster of abjection Jerrold E. Hogle
    Part III. Genre, Gender, and the Private Sphere:
    9. Autonarration and genotext in Mary Hays' Memoirs of Emma Courtney Tilottama Rajan
    10. 'The science of herself': scenes of female enlightenment Mary Jacobus
    11. The failures of romanticism Jerome McGann
    Index.

  • Editors

    Tilottama Rajan, University of Western Ontario

    Julia M. Wright, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
    Julia M. Wright is Professor of English at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Contributors

    Tilottama Rajan, Julia M. Wright, Jon Klancher, Kevin Gilmartin, Gary Handwerk, Ina Ferris, Don Bialostosky, Judith Thompson, Jerrold E. Hogle, Mary Jacobus, Jerome McGann

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