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Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought: Landscape, Liberty and Authority: Poetry, Criticism and Politics from Thomson to Wordsworth Series Number 30 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought: Landscape, Liberty and Authority: Poetry, Criticism and Politics from Thomson to Wordsworth Series Number 30 (Hardback)

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Hardback 270 Pages / Published: 28/06/1996
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Eighteenth-century landscape description formed part of a larger debate over the nature of liberty and authority which was vital to a Britain newly defining its nationhood in a period of growing imperial power and rapid economic change. Tim Fulford examines landscape description in the writings of Thomson, Cowper, Johnson, Gilpin, Repton, Wordsworth, Coleridge and others, revealing tensions that arose as writers struggled for authority over the public sphere and sought to redefine the nature of that authority. In his investigation of poetry and political and aesthetic writing, Dr Fulford throws light on the legacy of Commonwealth and Country-party ideas of liberty. Also discussed are the significance of the Miltonic sublime, the politics of the picturesque and the post-colonial encounter of the Scottish tour. Dr Fulford goes on to show how the early radicalism and later conservatism of Wordsworth and Coleridge were shaped, in part, by eighteenth-century literary political and literary authorities. His study offers an understanding of literary and political influence that cuts across conventional periodization, finding new links between the early eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521554558
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Fulford's book gives us reason to reconsider the history of the romantic landscape tradition; after Landscape, Liberty and Authority, readers of eighteenth- and nineteenth- century poetry will find the genealogy of the landscape tradition to be more engaged in political and historical processes, more nuanced, and more richly rewarding than before. Fulford's achievement here should be applauded, and his historically informed analysis should generate much further discussion about the relationship between landscape poetry, politics, and history in the near future.' Romantic Circles
"No brief interpretation can do justice to Fulford's exceptionally rich and nuanced argument. His discussion of Wordsworth and Coleridge as continuators and radical revisers of their eighteenth-century predecessors are illuminating; the chapter on Wordsworth, the longest in the book, offers a convincing interpretation of Wordsworth's politico-poetical career. Throughout, Fulford's readings of texts, both in prose and verse, are subtle and generally compelling." John D. Baird, European Romantic Review
"Fulford's achievement here should be applauded, and his historically informed analysis should generate much further discussion about the relationship between landscape poetry, politics, and history in the near future." Romantic Circles Reviews

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