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The French Revolution and the British Novel in the Romantic Period

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A.D. Cousins, Dani Napton and Stephanie Russo

This book is a major reassessment of the French Revolution’s impact on the English novel of the Romantic period. Focusing particularly – but by no means exclusively – on women writers of the time, it explores the enthusiasm, wariness, or hostility with which the Revolution was interpreted and represented for then-contemporary readers. A team of international scholars study how English Romantic novelists sought to guide the British response to an event that seemed likely to turn the world upside down.

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Introduction 1 The French Revolution and the British Novel in the Romantic Period A. D. Cousins, Dani Napton and Stephanie Russo, Macquarie University Chapter 1 15 ‘Very Naughty Doctrines’: Children, Children’s Literature, Politics and the French Revolution Crisis M. O. Grenby, Newcastle University Chapter 2 37 ‘A People Driven By Terror’: Charlotte Smith, The Banished Man and the Politics of Counter-Revolution Stephanie Russo, Macquarie University Chapter 3 55 ‘The Sentiments I Have Embodied’: Wollstonecraft’s Feminist Adaptation of the Revolutionary Novel Gary Kelly, University of Alberta Chapter 4 83 ‘In a State of Terrour and Misery Indescribable’: Violence, Madness and Revolution in the novels of Frances Burney Stephanie Russo and A. D. Cousins, Macquarie University Chapter 5 101 ‘Educated in Masculine Habits’: Mary Robinson, Androgyny, and the Ideal Woman Stephanie Russo and A. D. Cousins, Macquarie University Chapter 6 113 Revolutionary and Counter-Revolutionary Agency in Scott’s Woodstock and Peveril of the Peak Dani Napton, Macquarie University Chapter 7 137 Revolution at a Distance: Jane Austen and Personalised History Chris Danta, University of New South Wales Chapter 8 153 Towards Rehabilitating ‘The Long Blighted Tree of Knowledge’: Mary Shelley’s Revolutionary Concept of Self-Governance and Dominion in The Last Man Michael Ackland, James Cook University Chapter 9 179 ‘Adapted to Her Meridian’: The Novel, The Woman Reader, and the French Revolution Deirdre Coleman, University of Melbourne Bibliography 187 Notes on Contributors 203 Index 205 the french revolution & the british novel in the romantic periodx

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