The Repressive 1790s
The Introduction establishes the book’s larger political, legal, and cultural contexts, with special attention to the series of repressive laws passed by the British government across the 1790s. It considers how the treatment of censorship in previous studies can help us to understand how British writers engaged with these repressive laws. William Cowper and Gilbert Wakefield provide two case studies: the former a writer who recuses himself from political publication, the latter a writer who boldly decides to voice his opposition -- with dire consequences.
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