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- DescriptionThis study of character in a comparative context presents a new approach to transatlantic literary history. Rereading Romanticism across national, generic and chrological boundaries, and through close textual comparisons, it offers exciting possibilities for rediscovering how literature engages and persuades readers of the reality of character. Historically grounded in the eighteenth-century philosophical, political and cultural conditions that generated nation-based literary history, it reveals alternative narratives to those of origin and succession, influence and reception. It also reintroduces rhetoric and poetics as ways of addressing questions about uniqueness and representativeness in character creation, epistemological issues of identity and impersonation, and the generation of literary value. Drawing comparisons between works from Alexander Pope and Cotton Mather through Robert Burns, Jane Austen, John Keats, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, R. W. Emerson, Margaret Fuller and Herman Melville, to George Eliot and Henry James, Susan Manning reveals surprising metaphorical, metonymic and performative connections.
- Author BiographySusan Manning (1953-2013) was Grierson Professor of English Literature and Director for the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. She published many books, book chapters and journal articles, including most recently Transatlantic Literary Studies, 1660-1830 (edited with Eve Tavor Bannet, Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Character, Self and Sociability in the Scottish Enlightenment (edited with Thomas Ahnert, 2011).
- Author(s)Susan Manning
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication14/11/2013
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Romanticism
- Series Part/Volume Number102
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Weight610 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine23 mm
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