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Romantic Sociability
Social Networks and Literary Culture in Britain, 1770–1840

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Gillian Russell, Clara Tuite, Margaret C. Jacob, James Epstein, Anne Janowitz, Deirdre Coleman, Jon Mee, Julie A. Carlson, Judith Barbour, Deidre Shauna Lynch
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  • Date Published: April 2006
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026093

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  • Challenging the assumptions which underlie an understanding of the 'Romantics' as solitary and anti-sociable, and Romanticism as representing the rejection of Enlightenment sociability, this 2002 volume introduces sociability to the field of Romantic literary and cultural studies. The volume engages with Jurgen Habermas' model of the 'public sphere' which emphasizes the coffee-house and club as models of an older, masculine eighteenth-century sociability, and focuses on the changing nature of sociability in British radical culture of the 1790s and on the gendered nature of sociability. In a range of essays which examine modes of sociability as diverse as circles of sedition, international republicanism, Dissenting culture, Romantic lecturing, theatre, and shopping, the volume transforms our understanding of Romanticism by exploring the social networks of such central Romantic figures as Anna Barbauld, Frances Burney, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Godwin, William Hazlitt, Anne Lister, Robert Merry, Joseph Priestley, John Thelwall and Mary Wollstonecraft.

    • Transforms our view of Romantics and Romanticism by emphasizing sociability rather than solitariness
    • Sheds new light on social and literary relationships of the 1790s in particular
    • Gives broad context to social activities of leading Romantics including Coleridge, Hazlitt and Wollstonecraft
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    '[a] rich collection of essays …'. British Association of Romantic Studies Bulletin

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    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026093
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.414kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1. Introducing Romantic sociability Gillian Russell and Clara Tuite
    2. Sociability and the international republican conversation Margaret C. Jacob
    3. 'Equality and no king': sociability and sedition
    the case of John Frost James Epstein
    4. Amiable and radical sociability: Anna Barbauld's 'free familiar conversation' Anne Janowitz
    5. Firebrands, letters and flowers: Mrs. Barbauld and the Priestleys Deirdre Coleman
    6. 'Reciprocal expressions of kindness': Robert Merry, the Della Cruscans, and the limits of Romantic sociability Jon Mee
    7. Spouters of washerwomen: the sociability of Romantic lecturing Gillian Russell
    8. Hazlitt and the sociability of theatre Julie A. Carlson
    9. 'Obliged to make this sort of deposit of our minds': William Godwin and the sociable contract of writing Judith Barbour
    10. The Byronic woman: Anne Lister's style, sociability and sexuality Clara Tuite
    11. Counter publics: shopping and women's sociability Deidre Shauna Lynch
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Gillian Russell, Australian National University, Canberra
    Gillian Russell is Senior Lecturer in English at the Australian National University. She is author of The Theatres of War: Performance, Politics and Society, 1793–1815 (1995) and an associate editor of The Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture 1776–1832 ed. Iain McCalman (1999). Her articles have appeared in Eighteenth-Century Life, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

    Clara Tuite, University of Melbourne
    Clara Tuite is Lecturer in English at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Romantic Austen (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and an associate editor of The Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture 1776–1832 ed. Iain McCalman (1999).

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    Gillian Russell, Clara Tuite, Margaret C. Jacob, James Epstein, Anne Janowitz, Deirdre Coleman, Jon Mee, Julie A. Carlson, Judith Barbour, Deidre Shauna Lynch

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