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The Politics of Romanticism: The Social Contract and Literature

Zoe Beenstock


This book examines the relationship between two major traditions which have not been considered in conjunction: British Romanticism and social contract philosophy. It argues that an emerging political vocabulary was translated into a literary vocabulary in social contract theory. British Romanticism absorbed the metaphors and questions of this new discourse of individualism. Elements of social contract theory have subsequently reverberated backwards to shape the reception of Romanticism in contemporary literary studies and culture, leading Romanticism to be perceived as an individualistic lite ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, social contract theory, empiricism, Rousseau, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Godwin, Mary Shelley, Carlyle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474401036
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401036.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zoe Beenstock, author
University of Haifa