Poetry, Enclosure, and the Vernacular Landscape, 1700-1830 (Paperback)
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Poetry, Enclosure, and the Vernacular Landscape, 1700-1830 (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 28/01/2010
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Rachel Crawford examines the intriguing, often problematic, relationship between poetry and landscape in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. Crawford focuses on the gradual change during this period when the British taste for open space gradually gave way to a preference for confined space, so that by the beginning of the Regency period contained sites, both topographical and poetic, were perceived to express authentic English qualities. In this context, Crawford discusses the highly fraught parliamentary enclosure movement, which closed off the last of England's open fields between 1760 and 1815. Crawford takes enclosure as a prevailing metaphor for a reconceptualisation of the aesthetics of space in which enclosed and confined sites became associated with productivity, and sets explicit images, such as the apple, the iron industry, and the kitchen garden within the context of georgic and minor lyric poetry.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521126960
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


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Review of the hardback: 'Crawford's argument yields surprising and productive conclusions. By liberally mixing resources currently constrained within separate academic disciplines, Crawford's work will open up vaster fields of knowledge for readers, challenging the assumptions of literary history with those of agricultural history and vice versa.' The Agricultural History Review
"...highly imaginative and extensively researched...This book provides a wealth of information..." The Dalhouse Review
"One might have thought there was little more to say about parliamentary enclosures in the last quarter of the 18th century and the first quarter of the 19th. But Crawford powerfully exposes the ideological and aesthetic underpinnings of these often-anguished debates.... Theoretically alert yet a lively read. Highly recommended." Choice
"A rich and enjoyable book." Studies in English Literature

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