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The French Revolution and the British Novel in the Romantic Period


Edited By 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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Notes on Contributors Michael Ackland holds the inaugural Colin and Margaret Roderick Chair of English at James Cook University, Townsville. His primary work in the Romantic period has been on Blake, Wordsworth and their legacy in the New World. He is currently researching a monograph on Christina Stead and the socialist heritage. Deirdre Coleman holds the Robert Wallace Chair of English at the University of Melbourne. Her research centres on eighteenth-century literature and cultural history, focussing in particular on racial ideology, colonialism, natural history, and the anti-slavery movement. She has published in ELH, Eighteenth-Century Life and Eighteenth-Century Stud- ies, and is the author of Romantic Colonization and British Anti-Slavery (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Her most recent book (with Hilary Fraser) is Minds, Bodies, Machines, 1770–1930 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). A. D. Cousins is Professor in English at Macquarie University. A member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, he has published widely on early modern British literature and culture, his most recent publication being The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet (with Peter Howarth). Chris Danta is an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is the author of Literature Suspends Death: Sacrifice and Storytelling in Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot (Continuum, 2011) and the co-editor of Strong Opinions: J.M. Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction (Continuum, 2011). He has co-edited a special issue of Sub-Stance on the Political Animal (2008) and published essays in New Literary...

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