England in 1819 by James Chandler
The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism

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Many of the writers from 1819, argues James Chandler, were acutely aware not only of their writing's place in history, but also of its place as history—a realization of a literary "spirit of the age" that resonates strongly with the current "return to history" in literary studies. Chandler explores the ties between Romantic and contemporary historicism and offers a series of cases of his own built around key texts from 1819.

"1819? At first sight, it might not seem a 'hot date'; but as James Chandler argues in his powerful book, it would be a mistake to overlook a year of such exceptional political conflagration and literary pyrotechnics in British history. Chandler's study is a wide-ranging, enormously ambitious, densely packed, closely argued work."—John Brewer, New Republic

"The book's largest argument, and the source of its considerable revelations, is that late twentieth-century practices of cultural history-writing have their roots in the peculiar Romantic historicism born in post-Waterloo Britain."—Jon Klancher, Times Literary Supplement

"A monumental work of scholarship."—Terry Eagleton, The Independent


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James Chandler is the Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and chair of the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including "England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism", also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Published January 1, 1998 by University Of Chicago Press. 606 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Written for scholars rather than for those with a more general interest in English romanticism, this wide-ranging yet minutely detailed book is ultimately a heavy going exercise in contemporary critical theory, drawing heavily on Levi-Strauss, Sartre, Jacques Lacan, George Lukacs and Michel Fouca...

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