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Politics of Romanticism : The Social Contract and Literature (Hardcover) (Zoe Beenstock)
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Zoe Beenstock examines the relationship between two major traditions which have not been considered in conjunction: British Romanticism and social contract philosophy. She argues that an emerging political vocabulary was translated into a literary vocabulary in social contract theory, which shaped the literature of Romantic Britain, as well as German Idealism, the philosophical tradition through which Romanticism is more usually understood. By looking at the intersection of social contract theory, Scottish Enlightenment philosophy, canonical works of Romanticism and its political culture, her book provides an alternative to the model of retreat which has dominated accounts of Romanticism of the last century.Beenstock offers a fresh understanding of canonical works by Coleridge, Wordsworth, Godwin, Mary Shelley and Carlyle. She argues that Romantic writers transposed a pervasive difficulty weaving diverse individuals into a greater social whole which they found in the works of Hobbes, Smith, and especially Rousseau, into their own highly influential account of a modern experience of alienation. A common set of metaphors marks a new discourse of individualism that developed in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century political theory and emerged in Romanticism. These metaphors have also reverberated backwards to shape the reception of Romanticism in contemporary literary studies and culture.
Number of Pages: 228
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: European / English + Irish + Scottish + Welsh
Series Title: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism
Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr
Author: Zoe Beenstock
Street Date: May 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-5884
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