Romanticism and the Painful Pleasures of Modern Life by Andrea K. HendersonRomanticism and the Painful Pleasures of Modern Life by Andrea K. Henderson

Romanticism and the Painful Pleasures of Modern Life

byAndrea K. Henderson

Paperback | March 3, 2011

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In their pursuit of emotional extremes, writers of the Romantic period were fascinated by experiences of pain and misery, and explored the ability to derive pleasure, and produce creative energy, out of masochism and submission. These interests were closely connected to the failure of the industrial and democratic revolutions to fulfil their promise of increased economic and political power for everyone. Writers as different as Frances Burney, William Hazlitt, John Keats, and Lord Byron both challenged and came to terms with the injustices of modern life through their representations of submission. Andrea K. Henderson teases out these configurations and analyses the many ways ideas of mastery and subjection shaped Romantic artistic forms, from literature and art to architecture and garden design. This provocative and ambitious study ranges widely through early nineteenth-century culture to reveal the underlying power relations that shaped Romanticism.
Title:Romanticism and the Painful Pleasures of Modern LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521175445

ISBN - 13:9780521175449


Table of Contents

Introduction: submitting to liberty; 1. Finance and flagellation; 2. From Sadism to masochism in the novels of Frances Burney; 3. The Aesthetics of passion: Joanna Baillie's defense of the picturesque in an age of sublimity; 4. Practicing politics in the comfort of home; 5. Mastery and melancholy in suburbia; Conclusion: languishing femmes fatales; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'Henderson moves fluidly and with ease from discussions of novels, poems and plays to representations of 'painful pleasures' in art, architecture and landscaping.' Bryon Journal