Literary Minstrelsy, 1770-1830: Minstrels and Improvisers in British, Irish, and American Literature

Hardcover | December 15, 2008

byErik Simpson

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This book argues that Romantic-era writers used the figure of the minstrel to imagine authorship as a social, responsive enterprise unlike the solitary process portrayed by Romantic myths of the lone genius. Simpson highlights the centrality of the minstrel to many important literary developments from the Romantic era through to the 1840s.

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This book argues that Romantic-era writers used the figure of the minstrel to imagine authorship as a social, responsive enterprise unlike the solitary process portrayed by Romantic myths of the lone genius. Simpson highlights the centrality of the minstrel to many important literary developments from the Romantic era through to the 18...

ERIK SIMPSON is an Assistant Professor of English at Grinnell College. He has published articles in ELH, European Romantic Review and the Journal of the Midwest MLA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.83 × 5.64 × 0.78 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230200516

ISBN - 13:9780230200517

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Table of Contents

List of tables
The Minstrel Mode
The Minstrel in the World: International Minstrelsy and Sydney Owenson
'The Minstrels of Modern Italy': Corinne, Improvisation, and Minstrel Writing
The Minstrel and Regency Romanticism: Beattie, Byron, and Wordsworth
The Minstrel Goes to Market: Prize Poems and Minstrel Contests
The 'Minstrel of the Western Continent': The Last of the Mohicans and Transatlantic Minstrelsy before Blackface
Works Cited
Index