Romantic Imperialism: Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity by Saree MakdisiRomantic Imperialism: Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity by Saree Makdisi

Romantic Imperialism: Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity

bySaree MakdisiEditorJames Chandler

Paperback | May 13, 1998

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The years between 1790 and 1830 saw over 150 million people brought under British Imperial control, and one of the most momentous outbursts of British literary and artistic production, announcing a new world of social and individual traumas and possibilities. This book traces the emergence of new forms of imperialism and capitalism as part of a culture of modernization in the period, and looks at the ways in which they were identified with, and contested in, Romanticism, through original readings of texts by Wordsworth, Blake, Byron, Shelley and Scott.
Title:Romantic Imperialism: Universal Empire and the Culture of ModernityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:May 13, 1998Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521586046

ISBN - 13:9780521586047

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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: universal empire; 2. Home imperial: Wordsworth's London and the spot of time; 3. Wordsworth and the image of nature; 4. Waverley and the cultural politics of dispossession; 5. Domesticating exoticism: transformations of Britain's Orient, 1785-1835; 6. Beyond the realm of dreams: Byron, Shelley and the East; 7. William Blake and the universal empire; 8. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography.

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The years between 1790 and 1830 saw over 150 million people brought under British Imperial control. One of the most momentous outbursts of British literary and artistic production announced a new world of possibilities. This book traces the emergence of new forms of imperialism and capitalism as part of a culture of modernization in the period. Includes original readings of texts by Wordsworth, Blake, Byron, Shelley, and Scott

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"The mode of reading Romantic works as embattled responses to the political, economic, and social manifestations of modernity...produces some ingenious results...The book at its most intriguing is more than another rote exercise in postcolonial critique." Linda Dowling, Studies in English Literature