By Timothy Michael
What function may still cause play within the production of a loose and simply society? will we declare to understand whatever in a box as complicated as politics? and the way can the reason for political rationalism be complex while it truly is obvious as having blood on its arms? those are the questions that occupied a bunch of British poets, philosophers, and polemicists within the years following the French Revolution.
Timothy Michael argues that a lot literature of the interval is a tribulation, or a critique, of cause in its political capacities and a try out of the categories of data on hand to it. For Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Burke, Wollstonecraft, and Godwin, the old series of revolution, counter-revolution, and terror in France—and radicalism and repression in Britain—occasioned a dramatic reassessment of ways top to boost the undertaking of enlightenment. The political considered those figures needs to be understood, Michael contends, within the context in their philosophical suggestion. significant poems of the interval, together with The Prelude, The Excursion, and Prometheus Unbound, are during this interpreting an adjudication of competing political and epistemological claims.
This ebook bridges for the 1st time conventional pillars of Romantic reports: the period’s politics and its theories of the brain and data. Combining literary and highbrow heritage, it presents an account of British Romanticism within which excessive rhetoric, political prose, poetry, and poetics converge in a discourse of enlightenment and emancipation.
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British Romanticism and the Critique of Political Reason by Timothy Michael