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Romance and Revolution Shelley and the Politics of a Genre

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ISBN-10: 0521021103

ISBN-13: 9780521021104

Edition: 2005

Authors: David Duff, Marilyn Butler, James Chandler

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The revival of romance as a literary form and the imaginative impact of the French Revolution are acknowledged influences on English Romanticism, but their relationship has rarely been addressed. In this innovative study of the transformations of a genre, David Duff examines the paradox whereby the unstable visionary world of romance came to provide an apt language for the representation of revolution, and how the literary form was itself politicized in the period. Drawing on an extensive range of textual and visual sources, the author traces the ambivalent ideological overtones of the chivalric revival, the polemical appropriation of the language of romance in the "pamphlet war" of the 1790s, and the emergence of a radical cult of chivalry among the Hunt-Shelley circle in 1815-17.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Introduction
The French Revolution and the politics of romance
Romance and revolution in Queen Mab
Sir Guyon de Shelley and friends: new light on the chivalric revival
The right road to paradise: Laon and Cythna; or, The Revolution of the Golden City
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index