British Periodicals And Romantic Identity: The Literary Lower Empire

Hardcover | November 15, 2008

byMark Schoenfield

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Co-winner of the Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize for 2009!!

When Lord Byron identified the periodical industry as the “Literary Lower Empire,” he registered the cultural clout that periodicals had accumulated by positioning themselves as both the predominant purveyors of scientific, economic, and social information and the arbiters of literary and artistic taste. British Periodicals and Romantic Identity explores how periodicals such as the Edinburgh, Blackwood’s, and the Westminster became the repositories and creators of “public opinion.”  In addition, Schoenfield examines how particular figures, both inside and outside the editorial apparatus of the reviews and magazines, negotiated this public and rapidly professionalized space. Ranging from Lord Byron, whose self-identification as lord and poet anticipated his public image in the periodicals, to William Hazlitt, equally journalist and subject of the reviews, this engaging study explores both canonical figures and canon makers in the periodicals and positions them as a centralizing force in the consolidation of Romantic print culture.

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Co-winner of the Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize for 2009!!When Lord Byron identified the periodical industry as the “Literary Lower Empire,” he registered the cultural clout that periodicals had accumulated by positioning themselves as both the predominant purveyors of scientific, economic, and social information and the arbiters of...

Mark Schoenfield is Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University and the author of The Professional Wordsworth: Law, Labor, and the Poet’s Contract. He is the former president of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies and has published articles in The Wordsworth Circle, Studies in Romanticism, and various other journa...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230609473

ISBN - 13:9780230609471

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Part One: Culture Wars in the Lower Empire * Skirmishes in the Lower Empire * Incorporating Voices: The Edinburgh Review * Proliferating Voices: The Quarterly and the Maga * Soldiers of Fortune in the Periodical Wars * Repeating Selves: Hume, Hazlitt, and Periodical Repetition * Lord Byron Among the Reviews * Abraham Goldsmid: Financial Magician and the Public Image * Spying James Hogg’s Bristle in Blackwood’s Magazine

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"British Periodicals and Romantic Identity is an important contribution to scholarship on Romanticism, in general, and on the periodicals of that age. It advances an area of scholarship already populated with important books by Jon Klancher, Mark Parker, and Kevin Gilmartin. The book's title is too modest, however, as the volume sheds light on a range of topics beyond that which the title indicates. Indeed, true to its subject, Schoenfield's book provides a forum in which the competing voices of early nineteenth-century periodicals can be heard and scrunitized. As such, it is an admirably heteroglossic account of the 'literary lower empire.'" - Studies in Romanticism