Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845

Hardcover | December 27, 2014

EditorPorscha Fermanis, John Regan

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Historians and literary scholars tend to agree that British intellectual culture underwent a fundamental transformation between 1770 and 1845. Yet they are unusually divided about the nature of that transformation and whether it is best understood as an epistemic rupture from, or a continuousdialogue with, the long eighteenth century. Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770-1845 rethinks the ways in which we understand the historical writing and the historical consciousness of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain by arguing that British historicism developed largelyin quasi and para-historical genres such as memoir, biography, verse, fiction, and painting, rather than in works of 'real' history. In a number of inter-related essays on changing generic forms, styles, methods, and standards, the collection demonstrates that the aesthetic developments associated with British literary "Romanticism" not only intersected in mutually dependent ways with concurrent experiments and innovations inhistorical writing, but that these intersections forced an epistemological crisis - a deeply felt tension about the role of feeling and imagination in historical writing - that is still resonating in historiographical debates today. In exploring this theme, the volume also seeks to consider widerquestions about the philosophy of history and literature, including questions of truth, evidence, professionalization, disciplinary strategies, and methodology. At its heart is the idea that literary texts and other artistic representations of history can have historical value, and should thereforebe taken seriously by practitioners of history in all its forms.

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Historians and literary scholars tend to agree that British intellectual culture underwent a fundamental transformation between 1770 and 1845. Yet they are unusually divided about the nature of that transformation and whether it is best understood as an epistemic rupture from, or a continuousdialogue with, the long eighteenth century. ...

Dr Porscha Fermanis is a Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature at University College Dublin. Her research interests include the relationship between Enlightenment and Romanticism; Romantic-era historiography and historical fiction; and Romantic poetry and poetics. She has published John Keats and the Ideas of the Enli...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:December 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Porscha Fermanis and John Regan: IntroductionHistory, Genre, RhetoricGregory P. Kucich: The History Girls: Charlotte Smith's History of England and the Politics of Women's Educational HistoryDaniel Sanjiv Roberts: 'The fanciful traditions of early nations': History, Myth, and Orientalist Poetry in India Prior to James MillJohn Regan: No 'Nonsense upon stilts': James Mill's History of British India and the Poetics of Benthamite HistoriographyPorscha Fermanis: A 'poor crotchety picture of several things': Antiquarianism, Subjectivity, and the Novel in Thomas Carlyle's Letters and Speeches of Oliver CromwellHistorical Space and TimeMary-Ann Constantine: 'To trace thy country's glories to their source': Dangerous History in Thomas Pennant's Tour in WalesChristopher Bundock: Historicism, Temporalization, and Romantic Prophecy in Percy Shelley's HellasRichard Cronin: Magazines, Don Juan, and the Scotch Novels: Deep and Shallow Time in the RegencyRosemary Mitchell: 'Diamonds by Which the Eye is Charmed': Facets of Romantic Historiography in the Works of Richard Parkes BoningtonAesthetics of HistoryMichael O'Neill: The Same Rehearsal of the Past: Byron and the Aesthetics of History and CulturePaul Hamilton: Byron, Clare, and Poetic HistoriographyFiona Robertson: Historical Fiction and the Fractured AtlanticClaire Connolly: A Bookish History of Irish Romanticism