The Lake Poets and Professional Identity by Brian GoldbergThe Lake Poets and Professional Identity by Brian Goldberg

The Lake Poets and Professional Identity

byBrian Goldberg

Paperback | August 12, 2010

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The idea that the inspired poet stands apart from the marketplace is considered central to British Romanticism. However, Romantic authors were deeply concerned with how their occupation might be considered a kind of labour comparable to that of the traditional professions. In the process of defining their work as authors, Wordsworth, Southey and Coleridge - the 'Lake school' - aligned themselves with emerging constructions of the 'professional gentleman' that challenged the vocational practices of late eighteenth-century British culture. They modelled their idea of authorship on the learned professions of medicine, church, and law, which allowed them to imagine a productive relationship to the marketplace and to adopt the ways eighteenth-century poets had related their poetry to other kinds of intellectual work. In this 2007 work, Goldberg explores the ideas of professional risk, evaluation and competition that the writers developed as a response to a variety of eighteenth-century depictions of the literary career.
Title:The Lake Poets and Professional IdentityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:August 12, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521152798

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: professionalism and the Lake School of Poetry; Part 1. Romanticism, Risk, and Professionalism: 1. Cursing Doctor Young, and after; Part II. Genealogies of the Romantic Wanderer: 2. Merit and reward in 1729; 3. James Beattie and The Minstrel; Part III. Romantic Itinerants: 4. Authority and the itinerant cleric; 5. William Cowper and the itinerant Lake poet; Part IV. The Lake School, Professionalism, and the Public: 6. Robert Southey and the claims of literature; 7. 'Ministry more palpable': Wordsworth's Romantic professionalism; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The primary benefit of this critical approach is the argument's seamlessness; Goldberg weaves an intricate, substantive account of the poets' sustained efforts in the late 1790s to create a new professional paradigm that should have us rereading their works for informative glimpses of that work in progress."
-Sarah M. Zimmerman, Fordham University