Royal Romances: Sex, Scandal, and Monarchy in Print, 1780-1821 by K. SamuelianRoyal Romances: Sex, Scandal, and Monarchy in Print, 1780-1821 by K. Samuelian

Royal Romances: Sex, Scandal, and Monarchy in Print, 1780-1821

byK. Samuelian

Hardcover | January 19, 2011

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This text explores the reception of the royal family during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and its representation in fiction, poetry, and the popular press. Samuelian finds that popular response to the royal family has reflected the public's belief in their right of access to the private life of royalty.
KRISTIN SAMUELIAN Associate Professor of English at George Mason University, USA.
Title:Royal Romances: Sex, Scandal, and Monarchy in Print, 1780-1821Format:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.63 inPublished:January 19, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230616305

ISBN - 13:9780230616301

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Table of Contents

Introduction PART I: WANDERING ROYALS Instituting Prodigality: The Political Meaning of a Wayward Son The King's Madness and the Crisis of Representation PART II: READING THE BODY POLITIC: PUBLIC DISCOURSE AND THE UNRULY QUEEN Managing Propriety for the Regency: Jane Austen Reads the Book Body Doubles: Intertextuality and Sexuality in the New Monarchy

Editorial Reviews

“Samuelian’s elegantly-structured study examines topics of perpetual public fascination, namely, royalty, madness, and sex, around the time of the Queen Caroline affair.  The romances of princes and princess may be the stock material of fairy tales, but in what is now known (ironically enough in this case) as the Romantic era, living happily ever after proves to be located in the realm of the imagination rather than in the scandalous lives of an actual royal family . . . Anyone interested in Romantic-era print culture and the rise of the novel will enjoy the clear narrative and expertly-researched details of this book, while royalty-watchers may find intriguing parallels with the representation of monarchy and its public and private behavior today.”--Clare A. Simmons, The Ohio State University “In this impressively lucid and well-argued book, Samuelian draws on a wide range of sources—poetry, pamphlets, prints, and both canonical and popular fiction—to illuminate crucial shifts in the representations and meanings of monarchy during the reigns of George III and George IV . . . With an unerring eye for verbal and visual detail, a striking command of the historical context, and a nuanced approach to questions of representation, Samuelian makes the history of the monarchy central to Romantic-era textual and sexual politics in this fascinating analysis.”--Mary Jean Corbett, John W. Steube Professor of English and Affiliate of Women’s Studies, Miami University        “Royal Romances offers a witty and eye-opening account of representations of royalty in the context of emerging celebrity culture. Samuelian lingers fascinatingly over how the private lives of the era’s disreputable royals–the Prince Regent and his estranged wife Caroline–turned into a spectacle for public consumption.”--Kim Wheatley, Associate Professor of English, College of William and Mary