Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' (Paperback)
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Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' (Paperback)

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Paperback 354 Pages / Published: 10/03/2005
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The Romantic age in Britain formed one of the most celebrated - and heterogeneous - moments in literary history, but it also witnessed the rise of 'political economy' as the pre-eminent nineteenth-century science of society. Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' investigates this historical conjunction, and reassesses the idea that the Romantic defence of spiritual and humanistic 'culture' developed as a reaction to the individualistic, philistine values of the 'dismal science'. Drawing on a wide range of source material, the book combines the methods of literary scholarship and intellectual history. It addresses the changing political identifications of familiar literary figures such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley, but also illuminates the wider political and intellectual life of this period. Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' situates canonical Romantic writers within a nuanced, and highly detailed ideological context, while challenging our inherited understanding of the Romantic tradition itself as the social conscience of nineteenth-century capitalism.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199282050
Number of pages: 354
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 19 mm


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Review from previous edition Fascinating and immensely learned ...Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' is an important book. It is virtually alone in surveying this crucial but neglected field ... will set the benchmark against which all future literary scholarship on this subject will be judged. * The Review of English Studies *
Marvellously rich and nuanced ... bound to be a standard reference for years to come. Connell starts so many highly suggestive arguments that it is hard to know in a review which to select. * British Association for Romantics Studies Bulletin and Review *
[Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture'] cannot be ignored by anyone addressing the tangled but stimulating question of the relationship between English literature and politics in the Romantic period. . . . The depth of the discussion of Wordsworth is characteristic of Connell's excellent book . . . one of the most interesting chapters analyses the ambiguous relationship between the "Hunt school" of younger radical Romantic writers, including Keats and Shelley, and the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and his followers. * Times Literary Supplement *
Connell's immensely learned and scholarly work has grave implications for any subsequent study of Romanticism. He is skeptical both of humanist idealizations of the subject and self-consciously radical readings of it; his writers moderate and change their opinions, always in the context of reading and discussion of the period, and Connell seems to have unearthed every possible work and author relating to political economy, popular education, and religious politics; the result is a rich, dense, and convincing study that deconstructs pieties of the scholarly left or right. * College Literature *

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