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British Romantic Writers and the East


  • 10 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 284 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.44 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521604444 | ISBN-10: 0521604443)

The recent turn to political and historical readings of Romanticism has given us a more complex picture of the institutional, cultural and sexual politics of the period. There has been a tendency, however, to confine such study to the European scene. In this book, Nigel Leask sets out to study the work of Byron, Shelley and De Quincey (together with a number of other major and minor Romantic writers, including Robert Southey and Tom Moore) in relation to Britain's imperial designs on the 'Orient'. Combining historical and theoretical approaches with detailed analyses of specific works, it examines the anxieties and instabilities of Romantic representations of the Ottoman Empire, India, China and the Far East. It argues that these anxieties were not marginal but central to the major concerns of British Romantic writers. The book is illustrated with a number of engravings from the period, giving a visual dimension to the discussion of Romantic representations of the East.


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. 'Byron turns Turk': orientalism and the 'Eastern Tales'; 2. 'Sharp Philanthropy': Percy Bysshe Shelley and Romantic India; 3. 'Murdering one's double': Thomas De Quincey and S. T. Coleridge: autobiography, opium and Empire in 'Confessions of an English opium eater' and 'Biographia literaria'; Notes; Index.

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