Romanticism and colonialism : writing and empire, 1780-1830 /

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Other Authors: Fulford, Tim, 1962-
Kitson, Peter.
Format: Book
Published:Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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In a specialized way, this volume joins the conversation begun by such provocative works as Edward Said's Orientalism (CH, Apr'79) and Mary Louise Pratt's "Arts of the Contact Zone." Fulford and Kitson bring together 15 essays by British, US, and Canadian scholars on the multifaceted subject of political, social, economic, and (to a lesser extent) psychological colonialism during the period of British artistic (especially literary) Romanticism--what the editors refer to as "the complicity of English literature in the imperialist project." The essays explore problems arising from this "complicity." Points of focus include race, slavery, commodity production and consumption (sugar, for example, in the West Indies), and how contemporary writers textualized their ideas, assumptions, tropes, and genres. Authors treated include Blake, Coleridge, Byron, Hazlitt, Mary Shelley, and many others. The book is bibliographically pleasing: it is well made, contains a wealth of references to primary documents, and concludes with a very thorough (though not exhaustive) index. It belongs especially in large academic libraries committed to both depth and breadth in holdings on the relationship between literature and cultural complexity. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. Garrison; Spalding University

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