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Romanticism and the Gothic Genre, Reception, and Canon Formation

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ISBN-10: 0521026938

ISBN-13: 9780521026932

Edition: 2006

Authors: Michael Gamer, Marilyn Butler, James Chandler

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Michael Gamer offers a sharply focused analysis of how and why Romantic writers drew on Gothic conventions whilst, at the same time, denying their influence in order to claim critical respectability.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works…    

James Chandler is the Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and chair of the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
A note on the text
Introduction: Romanticism's 'pageantry of fear'
Gothic, reception and production
Gothic and its contexts
'Gross and violent stimulants': producing Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800
National supernaturalism: Joanna Baillie, Germany, and the Gothic drama
'To foist thy stale romance': Scott, antiquarianism, and authorship
Notes
Index