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Literature, Education, and Romanticism

Details

  • 1 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 348 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.524 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 820.9/3552
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PR457 .R456 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English literature--19th century--History and criticism
    • Literature and society--Great Britain--History--19th century
    • Literature and society--Great Britain--History--18th century
    • Books and reading--Social aspects--Great Britain--History
    • English literature--18th century--History and criticism

Library of Congress Record

Paperback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521607094 | ISBN-10: 0521607094)

In this wide-ranging and detailed book Alan Richardson addresses many issues in literary and educational history never before examined together. The result is an unprecedented study of how transformations in schooling and literacy in Britain between 1780 and 1832 helped shape the provision of literature as we now know it. In chapters focused on such topics as definitions of childhood, educational methods and institutions, children's literature, female education, and publishing ventures aimed at working-class adults, Richardson demonstrates how literary genres, from fairy tales to epic poems, were enlisted in an ambitious programme for transforming social relations through reading and education. Romantic texts - including Wordsworth, Shelley, Blake, and Yearsley - are reinterpreted in the light of the complex historical and social issues which inform them and which they in turn critically address.

• Interdisciplinary approach to a key area of English literature • New readings of important texts by Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Blake, and others • Opens up new areas of study on the history of education, children's literature and the social context of literature

Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Childhood, education, and power; 2. School time; 3. Children's literature and the work of culture; 4. Women, education, and the novel; 5. The pursuit of knowledge under difficulties; 6. Epilogue: Romanticism and the idea of literature; Notes; Index.

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