The Cambridge companion to British romanticism /

"This new edition of The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism has been fully revised and updated and includes two wholly new essays, one on recent developments in the field, and one on the rapidly expanding publishing industry of this period. It also features a comprehensive chronology an...

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Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Curran, Stuart.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition: 2nd ed.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Curran (Univ. of Pennsylvania) has added two new essays to the second edition of this companion (first ed., CH, Nov'93, 31-1358), one summarizing two decades of new criticism and another on the publishing industry of the period. Whereas Blackwell's A Companion to Romanticism, ed. by Duncan Wu (1998), is quite comprehensive, the present work focuses on postmodern criticism. The opening essay surveys objections to Romanticism as a concept, and another questions the dominance of Romantic poetry. In the same corrective spirit, other entries cover once-neglected aspects of 19th-century culture: fiction, visual arts, and women's writing. Throughout, the authors stress the difficulty of reading work originally valued for its transcendental vision and formal complexity in light of the insight that its philosophies are "ideology" ridden with hierarchical assumptions. The impasse is not a new one, but Curran misses the chance to reassess the state of Romantic studies in search of a solution. The summaries will be useful to readers interested in newer critical viewpoints, but those seeking a reader's companion with classic perspectives, cultural context, and contemporary criticism will find the volume too slim and too specialized. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers. R. K. Mookerjee Eugene Lang College, The New School for the Liberal Arts

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