Romanticism, Economics and the Question of Culture

Paperback | March 15, 2005

byPhilip Connell

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The Romantic age in Britain formed one of the most celebrated - and heterogeneous - moments in literary history, but it also witnessed the rise of 'political economy' as the pre-eminent nineteenth-century science of society. Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' investigatesthis historical conjunction, and reassesses the idea that the Romantic defence of spiritual and humanistic 'culture' developed as a reaction to the individualistic, philistine values of the 'dismal science'.Drawing on a wide range of source material, the book combines the methods of literary scholarship and intellectual history. It addresses the changing political identifications of familiar literary figures such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley, but also illuminates the wider political andintellectual life of this period.Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' situates canonical Romantic writers within a nuanced, and highly detailed ideological context, while challenging our inherited understanding of the Romantic tradition itself as the social conscience of nineteenth-century capitalism.

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The Romantic age in Britain formed one of the most celebrated - and heterogeneous - moments in literary history, but it also witnessed the rise of 'political economy' as the pre-eminent nineteenth-century science of society. Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' investigatesthis historical conjunction, and reassesses the...

Philip Connell is a Fellow of Selwyn College and Newton Trust Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Cambridge.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:351 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.74 inPublished:March 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199282056

ISBN - 13:9780199282050

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Condition of England1. 'A Deeper Nature': Malthus, Poetry, and Political Economy2. Moral Culture and the March of Mind: Education and Economics in the Early Nineteenth Century3. The Politics of Apostasy: Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Lake School Literary Conservatism4. Radicals, Reformers, and Legislators of the World5. Robert Southey and the Infections of CommerceConclusion: The Politics of Romanticism

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`Connell's immensely learned and scholarly work has grave implications for any subsequent study of Romanticism. He is skeptical both of humanist idealizations of the subject and self-consciously radical readings of it; his writers moderate and change their opinions, always in the context ofreading and discussion of the period, and Connell seems to have unearthed every possible work and author relating to political economy, popular education, and religious politics; the result is a rich, dense, and convincing study that deconstructs pieties of the scholarly left or right.'College Literature