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Five Long WintersThe Trials of British Romanticism$
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John Bugg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785105

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785105.001.0001

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“By force, or openly, what could be done?”

“By force, or openly, what could be done?”

Godwin, Smith, Wollstonecraft, and the Gagging Acts Novel

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(p.109) Chapter Four “By force, or openly, what could be done?”
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Five Long Winters
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John Bugg

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785105.003.0005

Politically engaged novels from the 1790s have often been described as either “Jacobin” or “anti-Jacobin.” This chapter proposes a different way to think about this literary landscape by examining novels that are concerned less with soundings of political debates than with portrayals of discursive constraint. Godwin’s Caleb Williams shapes a narrative as focused on the dynamics of secrecy and the rhetoric of obfuscation as it is on reform discourse; Charlotte Smith’s Marchmont extends Godwin’s work not only to portray a social landscape haunted by surveillance and persecution, but to bring this atmosphere into the structure of her novel; and the formal registration of repression is at the heart of Wollstonecraft’s The Wrongs of Woman; or Maria, a virtuosic exploration of apophastic rhetoric that arrives to us in an array of stutters, elisions, and paranoid whispers.

Keywords:   Godwin, Smith, Wollstonecraft, novel, anti-Jacobin, Jacobin, Marchmont, Wrongs of Woman, Maria, Caleb Williams

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