Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public by Andrew FrantaRomanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public by Andrew Franta

Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass Public

byAndrew Franta

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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Dramatic changes in the reading public and literary market in early nineteenth-century England not only altered the relationship between poet and reader but prompted new conceptions of the poetic text, literary reception, and authorship. With the decline of patronage, the rise of the novel and the periodical press, and the emergence of the mass reading public, poets could no longer assume the existence of an audience for poetry. Andrew Franta examines how the reconfigurations of the literary market and the publishing context transformed the ways poets conceived of their audience and the forms of poetry itself. Through readings of Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Hemans, and Tennyson, and with close attention to key literary, political, and legal debates, Franta proposes a new reading of Romanticism and its contribution to modern conceptions of politics and publicity.
Title:Romanticism and the Rise of the Mass PublicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521117100

ISBN - 13:9780521117104

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: the regime of publicity; 1. Public opinion from Burke to Byron; 2. Wordsworth's audience problem; 3. Keats and the review aesthetic; 4. Shelley and the politics of political poetry; 5. The art of printing and the law of libel; 6. The right of private judgement; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...presents an original approach to Romantic-era publicity and poetry...important because it not only reevaluates the public sphere's development but also challenges the self-representative "espressivist aesthetics" often associated with Romantic authors...This cogent and timely study encourages us to reconsider book-historical analysis in ways that will be helpful for those studying poetic development, print culture, and Romantic-era celebrity...a compelling exploration of the intersections between material culture and authorial imagining that helped define Romantic literature, and which continue to influence scholarly estimations of the period today." -Lindsey Eckert, University of Toronto, Studies in Romanticism 2011