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A History of Romantic Literature

Burwick, Frederick

Blackwell History of Literature


1. Edition August 2019
544 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-04435-2
John Wiley & Sons

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Historical Narrative Offers Introduction to Romanticism by Placing Key Figures in Overall Social Context

Going beyond the general literary survey, A History of Romantic Literature examines the literatures of sensibility and intensity as well as the aesthetic dimensions of horror and terror, sublimity and ecstasy, by providing a richly integrated account of shared themes, interests, innovations, rivalries and disputes among the writers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Drawing from the assemblage theory, Prof. Burwick maintains that the literature of the period is inseparable from prevailing economic conditions and ongoing political and religious turmoil, as well as developments in physics, astronomy, music and art. Thus, rather than deal with authors as if they worked in isolation from society, he identifies and describes their interactions with their communities and with one another, as well as their responses to current events. By connecting seemingly scattered and random events such as the bank crisis of 1825, he weaves the coincidental into a coherent narrative of the networking that informed the rise and progress of Romanticism. Notable features of the book include:
* A strong narrative structure divided into four major chronological periods: Revolution, 1789-1798; Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815; Riots, 1815-1820; Reform, 1821-1832
* Thorough coverage of major and minor figures and institutions of the Romantic movement (including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Montague and the Bluestockings, Lord Byron, John Keats, Letitia Elizabeth Landon etc.)
* Emphasis on the influence of social networks among authors, such as informal dinners and teas, clubs, salons and more formal institutions

With its extensive coverage and insightful analysis set within a lively historical narrative, History of Romantic Literature is highly recommended for courses on British Romanticism at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. It will also prove a highly useful reference for advanced scholars pursuing their own research.


I. Revolution, 1789-1798

The 'Revolution Controversy'

Newington Green Circle

Mary Wollstonecraft

Anna Laedtitia Barbauld

Abolition Movement

Thomas Beddoes, Pneumatic Institute

Slave Trade, Opium Trade

Elizabeth Montagu and the Bluestockings

Helen Maria Williams

William Blake

Anna Seward


Historical Nodes

Corresponding Societies and Treason Trials

Erasmus Darwin

Charles Lloyd

John Thelwall

John Horne Tooke


William Blake: Vision and Prophecy

George Crabbe

Thomas Holcroft

Gothic, Domestic Violence, Sadism

The Irish Rebellion

Coleridge at Cambridge

William Frend

John Tweddell and James Losh

Freedom of the Press

Letters of Junius

George Dyer

Mary Hays

Elizabeth Hamilton

Mary Robinson

Coleridge and Wordsworth

Joanna Baillie

Maria Edgeworth

Charlotte Smith

II. Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815

The French Consulate and Great Britain



Peace of Amiens

'Dejection' Dialogue

The Growth of The Prelude

Back to Nature

Coleridge's Conversation Poems

Continental Romanticism

Jane Porter

Thomas Bewick

Moral Causality

1805: Connections and Coincidences

The Periodical Press

Exaltation and Exploitation of the Child

The Lecture

Lord Byron: 'Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.'

The Novel

Interconnections: Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Joanna Baillie,

George Crabbe, Anna Laetitia Barbauld

III. Riots, 1815-1820


Corn Laws: Cobbett, Bamford, Wroe, Eliot

Lord Byron: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Cantos III and IV

Lord Byron: Manfred

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Samuel Rogers

Coleridge: Principles of Genial Criticism and Biographia Literaria

Coleridge: Kubla Khan and Christabel

Keats: Networking

Keats: Hyperion and Fall of Hyperion

Keats: Eve of St Agnes and Lamia

Keats: The Great Odes


Wordsworth, Shelley, Reynolds: Peter Bell I, II, III, and IV

Wordsworth: Benjamin the Waggoner

Scottish Insurrection of 1820

Cato Street Conspiracy

Leigh Hunt

March of the Blanketeers

Satire and the Gagging Acts

Shelley: Mask of Anarchy

Beau Brummell

Blake: Jerusalem

Shelley: Prometheus Unbound

IV. Reform, 1821-1832

Trial of Queen Caroline

Shelley: Swellfoot

Shelley: Witch of Atlas

Byron: Don Juan

Clare: Village Minstrel

De Quincey: Confessions

Maria Edgeworth: Tomorrow

Charles Lamb: Essayist, Critic, Playwright

Hazlitt: Spirit of the Age

Deaths: Napoleon, Keats, Shelley, Castlereagh, Radcliffe, Byron.

Mary Russell Mitford: Foscari

Walter Savage Landor: Imaginary Conversations

Letitia Elizabeth Landon: Improvisatrice

Samuel Rogers: Italy

George Dyer

Mary Russell Mitford: Foscari

Walter Savage Landor: Imaginary Conversations

Panic of 1825

Felicia Hemans

Thomas Love Peacock: Misfortunes of Elphin

Thomas Lovell Beddoes: Death's Jest Book

Parliamentary Reform


Deaths: Blake, Hazlitt, Scott, Goethe, Coleridge, Crabbe, Lamb, Thelwall


Review copy sent to Paul Douglass at Women's Studies: A Disciplinary Journal at the request of the author.
Frederick Burwick is Professor Emeritus at the English Department of the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. He is author and editor of thirty-three books and one hundred and sixty essays. He was named Distinguished Scholar by the British Academy (1992) and has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Conference on Romanticism (2013).

F. Burwick, UCLA, USA