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Romantic Literature and Postcolonial Studies

Romantic Literature and Postcolonial Studies

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Examines the relationship between Romantic writing and the rapidly expanding British Empire

Literature played a crucial role in constructing and contesting the modern culture of empire that was fully in place by the start of the Victorian period. Postcolonial criticism's concern with issues of geopolitics, race and gender, subalternity and exoticism shape discussions of works by major authors such as Blake, Coleridge, Percy and Mary Shelley, Austen and Scott, as well as their less familiar contemporaries.

Key Features:

  • Explains how key theoretical concerns of postcolonial studies - imaginary geography, Otherness & difference and cultural hybridity - have dramatically changed our understanding of Romantic literature
  • Demonstrates how selected texts, in a range of genres, are illuminated by postcolonial criticism
  • Includes a bibliographical essay along with an up-to-date bibliography of criticism, editions of primary works and selected historical materials


Author: Elizabeth A. Bohls
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Published: 01/22/2013
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.00w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780748641987

About the Author

Elizabeth A. Bohls, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon, is the author of Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716-1818 (CUP, 1995; paperback, 2004) and articles on travel, aesthetics, gender, colonialism and slavery. She co-edited the anthology Travel Writing 1700-1830 (OUP, 2005)and is completing Captive Spaces: The Politics of Place in the British Caribbean 1772-1833.


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