Poetry And Popular Protest: Peterloo, Cato Street And The Queen Caroline Controversy

Hardcover | July 15, 2011

byJohn Gardner

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This book provides provocative information on poetry written in response to the most revolutionary set of events seen in Britain since the 1640s: "Peterloo," a peaceful protest that became a massacre; "Cato Street," a government scripted rebellion; and the "Queen Caroline Controversy," when the estranged wife of George IV tried to claim her crown.

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This book provides provocative information on poetry written in response to the most revolutionary set of events seen in Britain since the 1640s: "Peterloo," a peaceful protest that became a massacre; "Cato Street," a government scripted rebellion; and the "Queen Caroline Controversy," when the estranged wife of George IV tried to clai...

JOHN GARDNER is Principal Lecturer in English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He teaches literature from Chaucer to the present day, and has worked there since 2004, having previously taught at the University of Glasgow. He has published on a range of authors and topics, mainly on nineteenth-century literary culture.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.87 × 5.78 × 1 inPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230280714

ISBN - 13:9780230280717

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Permissions
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Principal Players
Introduction: 'The Radical Ladder'
PART I: PETERLOO
Peterloo
Myth-Making: Samuel Bamford and Peterloo
William Hone's Peterloo
Shelley: Doggerel and Dialectics
PART II: THE CATO STREET CONSPIRACY
The Cato Street Tragedy
Charles Lamb and the Spy System
Byron, Cato Street and Marino Faliero
PART III: THE QUEEN CAROLINE CONTROVERSY 235
Introducing the Players
Byron and the Loyalists
Shelley and the Radicals
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"A much-needed, invigorating and provocative insight into an explosive moment in literary and political history: Gardner's close readings of both lesser-known and canonical Romantic poetry shed new light on the plebeian counter-public sphere in one of its most high-profile confrontations with the unreformed Regency state. A very welcome addition to studies of Romantic print culture." -- Professor Ian Haywood, Roehampton University, UK