An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture, 1776-1832

Paperback | July 1, 2001

EditorIain MccalmanbyJon Mee, Gillian Russell

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For the first time in this innovative reference book the Romantic Age is surveyed across all aspects of British culture, rather than in literary or artistic terms alone. The Companion's two-part structure presents forty-two essays on major topics, by leading international experts,cross-referenced to an extensive alphabetical section covering all the principal figures, events, and movements in the broad culture of the period. Aimed at students and general readers as well as scholars, the essays constitute an accessible, pluralistic, and modern social history of the epoch; thealphabetical entries can either be used alongside them, for deeper information on specific subjects, or as a free-standing reference tool. The volume as a whole embraces both high and low culture, and explores its subject across the whole breadth of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.The book's multi-disciplinary approach treats Romanticism both in aesthetic terms-its meaning for painting, music, design, architecture, and above all literature-and as a historical epoch of 'revolutionary' transformations which ushered in modern democratic and industrialized society. In this periodWedgwood turned taste into a commercial enterprise, Pierce Egan took Britain by storm with his sensational accounts of low-life in the capital, and Mary Shelley created, in Frankenstein, one of the enduring myths of scientific advance. The Companion revitalizes canonical Romantic figures in thecontext of the historical events, political and linguistic debates, commercial pressures, and plebeian subcultures of their day, as well as bringing back into historical focus individuals and events whose impact has often been muffled or forgotten.With over 100 integrated illustrations, bibliographies accompanying all the major essays, and an index to Part 1, this is the most comprehensive volume of its kind, offering a unique breadth of information to scholars and students of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British culture, literature,and history.EDITORIAL BOARD:John Brewer (University of California) Marilyn Butler (Exeter College, University of Oxford)James Chandler (University of Chicago)Jerome J. McGann ( University of Virginia, Charlottesville)Mark Philp (Oriel College, Oxford)Robert Webb (University of Maryland)

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For the first time in this innovative reference book the Romantic Age is surveyed across all aspects of British culture, rather than in literary or artistic terms alone. The Companion's two-part structure presents forty-two essays on major topics, by leading international experts,cross-referenced to an extensive alphabetical section co...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Iain McCalman (ANU, Canberra): Introduction: A Romantic Age CompanionPART I: MAJOR ESSAYSI. Transforming Polity and NationMark Philp (Oxford): RevolutionJ. E. Cookson (Canterbury, NZ): WarH. T. Dickinson (Edinburgh): DemocracyBarbara Caine (Monash): WomenJohn Gascoigne (New South Wales): EmpireJames Walvin (York): SlaveryDavid Philips (Melbourne): PolicingDavid Lemmings (Newcastle, NSW): LawGregory Claeys (London): UtopianismII. Reordering Social and Private WorldsR. K. Webb (Maryland): ReligionG. J. Barker-Benfield (State University of N.York): SensibilitySarah Lloyd (ANU, Canberra): PovertyClara Tuite (Melbourne): DomesticityJohn Stevenson (Oxford): IndustrializationEileen Yeo (Sussex): ClassAnne Janowitz (Rutgers, New Jersey): LandIan Britain (Melbourne): EducationRoy Porter (Wellcome Institute, London): MedicineIII. Culture, Consumption, and the ArtsRoy Porter (Wellcome Institute, London): ConsumerismSuzanne Matheson (Windsor, Ontario): ViewingJohn Brewer (European University Institute, Florence) and Iain McCalman: PublishingDavid Bindman (London): PrintsIain McCalman and Maureen Perkins (ANU and Univ. of Western Australia): Popular CultureGillian Russell (ANU, Canberra): TheatreCelina Fox (freelance, London): DesignCyril Ehrlich and Simon McVeigh (Queen's Univ., Belfast, and London): MusicMark Hallett (York): PaintingDaniel Abramson (Connecticut College): ArchitectureJerome J. McGann (Virginia): PoetryJon Klancher (Boston): ProseFiona Robertson (Durham): NovelsIV. Emerging KnowledgesMartin Fitzpatrick (Univ. of Wales, Aberystwyth): EnlightenmentDonald Winch (Sussex): Political EconomyRichard Yeo (Griffith University, Queensland): Natural Philosophy (Science)Marilyn Butler (Oxford): Antiquarianism (Popular)Nigel Leask (Cambridge): MythologyNicholas Thomas (ANU, Canberra): ExplorationJames Chandler (Chicago): HistoryRobert Brown (ANU, Canberra): PsychologyJon Mee (Oxford): LanguagePeter Otto (Melbourne): Literary TheoryIndex to Part IPART II: ALPHABETICALLY-ORDERED SHORTER ENTRIES

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`Review from previous edition 'A book to be read for an introduction to the period as well as consulted for answers to questions.''Choice