Romantic Imperialism: Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity

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April 2003



The years between 1790 and 1830 saw over 150 million people brought under British Imperial control. One of the most momentous outbursts of British literary and artistic production announced a new world of possibilities. This book traces the emergence of new forms of imperialism and capitalism as part of a culture of modernization in the period. Includes original readings of texts by Wordsworth, Blake, Byron, Shelley, and Scott.


Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: universal empire; 2. Home imperial: Wordsworth's London and the spot of time; 3. Wordsworth and the image of nature; 4. Waverley and the cultural politics of dispossession; 5. Domesticating exoticism: transformations of Britain's Orient, 1785-1835; 6. Beyond the realm of dreams: Byron, Shelley and the East; 7. William Blake and the universal empire; 8. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography.


'An original and brilliant interpretation of Romanticism which will have a significant impact on the way culture and imperialism are conceptualized. This invaluable contribution has the potential to alter our view of Romanticism, and speaks equally forcefully to scholars working in other fields, such as postcolonial theory, Victorian studies, cultural studies, literary theory, and materialist criticism.' Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University 'A brilliant, impressive body of work.' Wordsworth Circle 'Makdisi's timely study offers a powerfully lucid theoretical strategy for placing Romanticism within the frame of imperialism.' Romanticism
EAN: 9780521586047
ISBN: 0521586046
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Romantici'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2003
Seitenanzahl: 268 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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