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- DescriptionA witness to the French Revolution, Wordsworth knew the extremes of republican turmoil and the repressive panic it triggered in conservative British authorities. Toby Benis challenges critical orthodoxy by arguing the poet rejected the political dogma t only of aristocrats but also of political radicals. Wordsworth dramatizes his dissatisfaction with stifling doctrine, including the ideals of Georgian domesticity, through representations of the homeless at the margins of British society. The poet's early verse seizes on the ambiguous vagrant, perceived as both criminal and victim, to attack the binary thinking that dominated the social debates of his age and continues to skew our perceptions of him. Timely yet historically informed, Romanticism on the Road draws upon current discussions of homelessness as well as historical and legal documents to offer a cultural history of Georgian vagrancy and explain why Wordsworth chose the homeless to bear his message.
- Author BiographyToby R. Benis is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Louis University.
- Author(s)Toby R. Benis
- PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
- Date of Publication02/03/2000
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleRomanticism in Perspective: Texts, Cultures, Histories
- Place of PublicationBasingstoke
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPalgrave Macmillan
- Content Notebiography
- Weight516 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Volume editorMarilyn Gaull,Stephen Prickett
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