The Romantic Reformation: Religious Politics in English Literature, 1789-1824 by Robert M. RyanThe Romantic Reformation: Religious Politics in English Literature, 1789-1824 by Robert M. Ryan

The Romantic Reformation: Religious Politics in English Literature, 1789-1824

byRobert M. RyanEditorJames Chandler, Marilyn Butler

Paperback | July 29, 2004

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This is the first book to examine the literature of the Romantic period as a conscious attempt to affect the religious transformation of society. Robert Ryan argues that the political quarrel that preoccupied England during the Romantic period was in large part an argument about the religious character of the nation, and that the Romantics became active and conspicuous participants in this public debate. Ryan shows how the careers of the Romantic poets are radically reconfigured when viewed in the context of the period's passionate debate on religion, politics and society.
Title:The Romantic Reformation: Religious Politics in English Literature, 1789-1824Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:July 29, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521604540

ISBN - 13:9780521604543

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. 'A Sect of Dissenters'; 2. Blake's orthodoxy; 3. Nature's priest; 4. The ironies of belief; 5. The politics of Greek religion; 6. The Christian monster; 7. The unknown God; Conclusion.

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"...it is a work self-consciously produced in the wake of new-historicist responses to an earlier tradition of scholarship that treated such topics under the guise of 'natural supernaturalism' or a 'visionary company.' Yet it would be unfortunate if Romantic Reformation came to be known simply as a study of Christian themes in romantic literature, for this ambitious book earns its full title, and develops a linked series of provocative arguments about matters that have stood at the core of romantic studies in recent decades." Journal of English and Germanic Philology