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Romantic Reformation Religious Politics in English Literature, 1789-1824

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ISBN-10: 0521604540

ISBN-13: 9780521604543

Edition: 2004

Authors: Robert M. Ryan, Marilyn Butler, James Chandler

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This is the first book to examine the literature of the Romantic period as a conscious attempt to effect the religious transformation of society. Robert Ryan argues that the political quarrel that preoccupied England during the Romantic period was in large part an argument about the religious character of the nation, and that the Romantics became active and conspicuous participants in this public debate. Where critics have traditionally viewed the Romantics as creative metaphysicians articulating private visions of a transcendent order in detachment from actual social conflict, Ryan shows instead that their religious prescriptions were formulated in response to specific historical and…    
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
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.

Introduction
'A Sect of Dissenters'
Blake's orthodoxy
Nature's priest
The ironies of belief
The politics of Greek religion
The Christian monster
The unknown God
Conclusion