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Counterfactual Romanticism

Damian Walford Davies (ed.)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Introducing contingency and that which did not happen as necessary and revealing conditions both of Romanticism itself and of our critical relationship with it, Counterfactual Romanticism explores ... More


The possibilists: Romantic-era literary forgery and British alternative pasts

Mary-Ann Constantine

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Theorising the relation between forgery and Romantic counterfactualism, this chapter analyses the credit afforded to forged pasts and texts during the Romantic period. The chapter argues that in the ... More


Counterfactual and future Romanticisms: the academy and the canon

Edward Larrissy

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00017
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Focusing on counterfactualism in the classroom, this chapter considers the affordances of the counterfactual as regards the value-laden process of canon formation. The chapter forges an alternative ... More


John Thelwall: a counterfactual ghost story

Judith Thompson

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Deploying a creative-critical mode, this chapter prompts a debate as to the quantum and nature of the imaginative investment informing all critical engagements with the literary past. The chapter’s ... More


Lord Byron reads The Prelude

Kenneth R. Johnston

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Daring to imagine Wordsworth’s Prelude published ‘not long after he first finished it’ in May 1805 – rather than posthumously in 1850 – this chapter speculates on the effects on younger writers of ... More


Counterfactual obstetrics: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Frankenstein

Damian Walford Davies

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In creative-critical mode, this chapter develops a theory of critical obstetrics, exploring a series of counterfactual scenarios beginning with Mary Wollstonecraft’s recovery from puerperal fever in ... More


Romanticism and the (counterfactual) Chinese awakening

Peter J. Kitson

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00016
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Imagining the counterfactual at scale, this chapter explores the contours of an all-pervasive China-centric strand of Romantic Orientalism that never was. The chapter accounts for why China as both ... More


Counterfactual speculations in late Romanticism: Scott, Banim, Galt and Mitford

Angela Esterhammer

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00014
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter identifies 1824 as a ‘crux in the history of factual and counterfactual writing’ – a moment when Walter Scott, John Banim, John Galt and Mary Russell Mitford choose a counterfactual turn ... More


‘The object as in itself it really is not’: Counterfactual Romanticism and the aesthetics of contingency

Anne C. McCarthy

in Counterfactual Romanticism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781784991418
eISBN:
9781526150370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7765/9781526107077.00007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Revealing the Romantic credentials of the counterfactual sensibility, this chapter calls on us to embrace an ‘aesthetics of contingency’ through which we may recognise the conditioning ... More


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