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The History of Missed Opportunities: British Romanticism and the Emergence of the Everyday

William H. Galperin


This study is about the emergence of the everyday as both a concept and a material event and about the practices of retrospection in which it came to awareness in the romantic period in “histories” of the missed, the unappreciated, the overlooked. Prior to this moment everyday life was both unchanging and paradoxically unpredictable. By the late eighteenth century, however, as life became more predictable and change on a technological and political scale more rapid, the present came into unprecedented focus, yielding a world answerable to neither precedent nor futurity. This alternative world ... More

Keywords: missed opportunities, the everyday, history, possibility, romanticism, emergence, the now

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781503600195
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503600195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William H. Galperin, author
Rutgers University