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Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' [Hardcover]

Philip Connell

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March 8 2001
The Romantic age in Britain formed one of the most celebrated moments in literary history, but it also witnessed the rise of 'political economy' as the most prestigious science of nineteenth-century capitalist society. Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' investigates this historical conjunction, and challenges the influential idea that Romantic writers such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley were implacably opposed to the abstract, individualistic view
of human nature embodied in the new science of economics. This book is interdisciplinary in its scope and methods. It will be of interest to teachers and students of both English Literature and History.

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"Connell seems to have unearthed every possible work and author relating to political economy, popular education, and religious politics; the result is a rich, dense, and convincing study that deconstructs pieties of the scholarly left and right. . . . His book is persuasive because it is thick with evidence and always interested in exploring the larger implications of the subtle shades of opinion he finds in the printed discussions of the era. . . . [An] immensely learned and scholarly work"--College Literature

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Philip Connell is College Lecturer and Director of Studies, Selwyn College, Cambridge

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4.0 out of 5 stars a broader context for the Romantic era Feb. 26 2006
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Connell takes us back to the Romantic Age, with an analysis of the key figures of that era. The emphasis in his book is on writers such as Shelley and Wordsworth. But he places them and their works squarely in the context of the political and social movements then occurring.

Thus we see descriptions of parliamentary struggles. And of the economic thoughts of Malthus, Ricardo and Smith. The musings of early industrial capitalism. Perhaps, the book seems to suggest, some of the literary figures can be understood in part as being influenced by those other ideas, and reacting to them.

Connell's synthesis is interesting, because many histories of this era might study the economists and politicians totally separately from the literary writers.

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