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British State Romanticism: Authorship, Agency, and Bureaucratic Nationalism

Anne Frey


This book contends that changing definitions of state power in the late Romantic period propelled authors to revisit the work of literature as well as the profession of authorship. Traditionally, critics have seen the Romantics as imaginative geniuses and have viewed the supposedly less imaginative character of the Romantics' late work as evidence of declining abilities. The author of this book argues, in contrast, that late Romanticism offers an alternative aesthetic model which adjusts authorship to work within an expanding and bureaucratizing state. She examines how Wordsworth, Coleridge, A ... More

Keywords: state power, Romanticism, authorship, imagination, state agencies, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Austen, Scott, De Quincey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804762281
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762281.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Frey, author