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Julie among the Jacobins: Radicalism and the Sentimental Novel, 1790–1800

Nicola J. Watson

in Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825: Intercepted Letters, Interrupted Seductions

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112976
eISBN:
9780191670893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112976.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter begins with a survey of the interwoven fates of the letter and the sexually transgressive heroine in radical polemic and fiction from 1790 to 1800, examining the strategies by which ... More


Our Paris Correspondent: Helen Maria Williams (1761–1827)

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/9780199657803.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Liberal women writers in the 1790s were attacked more vehemently than their male counterparts. Helen Maria Williams’s literary star rose faster and fell further than any other member of the ‘lost ... More


‘A Colossal Literary and Scientific Task’: Helen Maria Williams and the Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent (1814–1829)

Alison E. Martin

in Nature Translated: Alexander von Humboldt's Works in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781474439329
eISBN:
9781474453844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439329.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter concentrates on Helen Maria Williams, Paris salonnière, radical author and poet. Her translation of Humboldt’s weighty account of his voyage through the Americas with the French Botanist ... More


‘I Am the People, Myself’: Embodying the People and the Letters of Helen Maria Williams

Green Georgina

in The Majesty of the People: Popular Sovereignty and the Role of the Writer in the 1790s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199689064
eISBN:
9780191768170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689064.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter discusses Helen Maria Williams’ Letters from France. In the early volumes, Williams attempts to produce a textual version of herself analogous to the authentic selves who participate in ... More


Naturalizing Empire: Helen Maria Williams’s Peru and the British Ascendancy in Spanish America

Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

in Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826: Rewriting Conquest

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748638680
eISBN:
9780748651702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter studies Peru, an epic romance written by Helen Maria Williams. It promotes the 1780–2 Peruvian revolt that was led by Túpac Amaru II, and places it against the historical backdrop of ... More


From Precedents to the Unpredictable: Historiographical Futurities

Emily Rohrbach

in Modernity's Mist: British Romanticism and the Poetics of Anticipation

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780823267965
eISBN:
9780823272440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823267965.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Chapter one traces the conceptions of the future in historical writing from the mid-eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment to William Hazlitt’s Spirit of the Age. In Scottish Enlightenment ... More


The Majesty of the People: Popular Sovereignty and the Role of the Writer in the 1790s

Georgina Green

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199689064
eISBN:
9780191768170
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689064.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This book links emerging Romantic ideas about the role of the writer to the ambivalence of the concept of popular sovereignty. In looking closely at how theories about the role of the intellectual or ... More


Helen Maria Williams (1762–1827)

Lisa L. Moore, Joanna Brooks, and Caroline Wigginton (eds)

in Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199743483
eISBN:
9780190252830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199743483.003.0054
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature, Women's Literature

Helen Maria Williams was a British writer who experienced the events of the French Revolution firsthand, having lived in Paris since the early 1790s, and witnessed the Revolution’s later years. A ... More


Vindications and Reflections: The Lady’s Magazine during the Revolution Controversy (1789–1795)

Koenraad Claes

in Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820s: The Long Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474419659
eISBN:
9781474445061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419659.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This essay examines how the French Revolution and the controversy it spawned figure in one of the most important British women’s magazines of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century: George ... More


‘Annihilation of Self’: The Cognitive Challenge of the Sublime

David S. Miall

in Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues between Literature and Cognition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780190496869
eISBN:
9780190496883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496869.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Literary expressions of the sublime put unusual stresses on language—witness Percy Shelley’s letter when he first sees Mont Blanc with its examples of defamiliarization: disrupted or unusual syntax, ... More


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