Imagination under Pressure, 1789-1832: Aesthetics, Politics and Utility by John WhaleImagination under Pressure, 1789-1832: Aesthetics, Politics and Utility by John Whale

Imagination under Pressure, 1789-1832: Aesthetics, Politics and Utility

byJohn WhaleEditorMarilyn Butler, James Chandler

Paperback | November 10, 2005

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This ambitious study offers a radical reassessment of one of the most important concepts of the Romantic period--the imagination. In contrast to traditional accounts, John Whale locates the Romantic imagination within the period's lively and often antagonistic polemics on aesthetics and politics, focusing in particular on British responses to the French Revolution and the ideology of utilitarianism. Through detailed analysis of key texts by Burke, Paine, Wollstonecraft, Bentham, Hazlitt, Cobbett and Coleridge, this book seeks to restore the role of imagination as a more positive force within cultural critique.
Title:Imagination under Pressure, 1789-1832: Aesthetics, Politics and UtilityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:November 10, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521022711

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Burke and the civic imagination; 2. Paine's attack on artifice; 3. Wollstonecraft, imagination and futurity; 4. Hazlitt and the sympathetic imagination; 5. Cobbett's imaginary landscape; 6. Coleridge and the afterlife of imagination; Afterword.

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