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Caleb Williams: The Paradigm of the Godwinian Novel

Pamela Clemit

in The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The two aspects of William Godwin's thought, his regretful condemnation of the aristocracy and his emphasis on moral reform in advance of practical measures, make the first edition of Caleb Williams ... More


‘A Light Bequeathed’: Coleridge, Thelwall, Wordsworth, Godwin

Nicholas Roe

in Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119692
eISBN:
9780191671197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119692.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter reconsiders William Wordsworth's and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's connections with the democratic reform movement, and to John Thelwall and William Godwin in particular. As with ‘Citizen ... More


Godwin's Historical Novels: Theory and Practice

Pamela Clemit

in The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In a more specific account of changes between the first and second editions, William Godwin attributed his recognition of the emotional springs of action to a reading of David Hume's Treatise of ... More


From Roman to roman: The Jacobin Novel and the Roman Legacy in the 1790s

Jonathan Sachs

in Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination, 1789-1832

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195376128
eISBN:
9780199871643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376128.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter evaluates the contours of republican poetics in the English Jacobin novels of Godwin, Holcroft, Hays, and Inchbald. Focusing on the invocation of classical texts and Roman historical ... More


Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years

Nicholas Roe

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119692
eISBN:
9780191671197
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119692.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This study is a reappraisal of William Wordsworth's and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's radical careers before their emergence as major poets. The book presents a detailed examination of both writers' ... More


Rome and the Revolution Controversy

Jonathan Sachs

in Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination, 1789-1832

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195376128
eISBN:
9780199871643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376128.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In their polemical responses to the French revolution, Edmund Burke, William Godwin, John Thelwall, and others deploy Roman texts and Roman heroes for opposing sides in the conflict. Burke bolsters ... More


Imogen: Godwin's Fictional Début

Pamela Clemit

in The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Imogen: A Pastoral Romance was the last of three novels produced by William Godwin in the winter of 1783 and 1784 and the one over which he took the most trouble.1 The title ... More


Wieland: Charles Brockden Brown's American Tale

Pamela Clemit

in The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The development of Godwinian methods in pursuit of a critique of William Godwin is Charles Brockden Brown's distinctive achievement in Wieland; or, The Transformation, his first completed novel, ... More


The Jacobin Novel II: Caleb Williams and Hermsprong

Marilyn Butler

in Jane Austen and the War of Ideas

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129684
eISBN:
9780191671838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129684.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

As revolutionary novelists, William Godwin and Robert Bage are virtually as unlike as they can be. A highly theoretical student of liberty, Godwin creates a fictional world in which social reality is ... More


The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Pamela Clemit

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This book is a pioneering analysis of the school of fiction inaugurated by William Godwin, and developed in the works of his principal followers, Charles Brockden Brown and Mary Shelley. In the first ... More


The Adventures of William Godwin

Bart Schultz

in The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691154770
eISBN:
9781400884957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154770.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines William Godwin's role in the development of philosophical utilitarianism. It first provides a background on Godwin's early life before discussing his relationships, first with ... More


An “Exchange of Sympathy”

Andrew Cayton

in Love in the Time of Revolution: Transatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469607504
eISBN:
9781469608266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469607504.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter discusses the time when Mary Wollstonecraft first met William Godwin. They met at a small party in London in November 1791. “The interview was not fortunate,” Godwin later recalled. He ... More


The New Man of Feeling

Andrew Cayton

in Love in the Time of Revolution: Transatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469607504
eISBN:
9781469608266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469607504.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter compares William Godwin to Charles Brockden Brown, who was struggling to survive as a man of letters in a nation suddenly overrun with speculators, bankers, lawyers, and soldiers. By the ... More


Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's Myth-Making

Pamela Clemit

in The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The epigraph and subtitle to Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus signal Mary Shelley's challenging expansion of the Godwinian novel to incorporate major Western creation myths. To understand ... More


Fugitive Letters: Tracking the Anonymous in Godwin's Caleb Williams

in Anonymous Life: Romanticism and Dispossession

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758406
eISBN:
9780804779685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758406.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter explores the poetics and politics of anonymity in William Godwin's Caleb Williams, a text that strongly contrasts with Rousseau's work and yet elaborates similar concerns for the ... More


Love in the Time of Revolution: Transatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818

Andrew Cayton

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9781469607504
eISBN:
9781469608266
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9781469607511_Cayton
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

In 1798, English essayist and novelist William Godwin ignited a transatlantic scandal with Memoirs of the Author of “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” Most controversial were the details of the ... More


Before and After Lives: John Thelwall and William Godwin

Kenneth R. Johnston

in Unusual Suspects: Pitt's Reign of Alarm and the Lost Generation of the 1790s

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199657803
eISBN:
9780191771576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657803.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

John Thelwall and William Godwin are the two highest-profile examples of ‘usual’ and ‘unusual’ suspects from the 1790s. Their lives clearly reveal the phenomenon of bifurcated biography ... More


Mary Shelley's Novels of the 1820s: History and Prophecy

Pamela Clemit

in The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112204
eISBN:
9780191670701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Abandoning the structural complexity of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley enacts her loss of faith in individual improvement at the level of narrative form. Given the overwhelming grief and powerlessness of ... More


The Jacobin Novel I: Revolution and Reason

Marilyn Butler

in Jane Austen and the War of Ideas

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129684
eISBN:
9780191671838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129684.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The most marked trend in the English popular novel of the 1790s is its resolute rationality, its suspicion of the uncontrollable workings of the unconscious mind. No feature is more common in novels ... More


Radical couples, 1790–1850

Ginger S. Frost

in Living In Sin: Cohabiting As Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-century England

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077364
eISBN:
9781781700723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077364.003.0009
Subject:
History, Social History

The period of the Civil Wars saw an outpouring of criticism for the church and traditional marriage practices. William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft's own relationships showed the risks of marital ... More


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