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Cambridge Studies in Romanticism: Napoleon and English Romanticism Series Number 14 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Romanticism: Napoleon and English Romanticism Series Number 14 (Hardback)

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Hardback 276 Pages / Published: 24/11/1995
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Napoleon Bonaparte occupied a central place in the consciousness of many British writers of the Romantic period. He was a profound shaping influence on their thinking and writing, and a powerful symbolic and mythic figure whom they used to legitimize and discredit a wide range of political and aesthetic positions. In this first ever full-length study of Romantic writers' obsession with Napoleon, Simon Bainbridge focuses on the writings of the Lake poets Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey, and of Byron and Hazlitt. Combining detailed analyses of specific texts with broader historical and theoretical approaches, and illustrating his argument with the visual evidence of contemporary cartoons, Bainbridge shows how Romantic writers constructed, appropriated, and contested different Napoleons as a crucial part of their sustained and partisan engagement in the political and cultural debates of the day.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521473361
Number of pages: 276
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The book's bold simplicity of focus is balanced by its interest in the complexities of representation, and the result is a study that sheds new light on neglected images and a refocused light on some prominent icons of the Romantic canon. Robert Lapp in European Romantic Review 9:1(Winter 1998)
"...this book will keep its place on a convenient shelf for all intellectually curious students of English romantic poetry." Carl Woodring, Studies in Romanticism

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