Robert Southey was born in Bristol in 1774 and died at his home on the outskirts of Keswick in 1843. The son of a
bankrupt linen-draper, he was educated at Westminster School and Balliol College, Oxford, which he left without
American Conference on Romanticism Annual Meetings, 1994-1998
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American Conference on Romanticism Fourth Annual Meeting
University of Georgia, January 22-25, 1998
Conference Organizer: Anne Williams
Registration, Holiday Inn Lobby: 2:30-5:30
First Session: 3:30-5:00
1. Gothic/Romantic I, Athena I :
Chair: Anne Williams, University of Georgia
b. "The Tigers in the Woods: Gothicism and Wordsworth's Lucy Poems"
Laura Dabundo, Kennesaw State University
With parliament's 1813 decision simultaneously to end the East India Company's monopoly by opening the colonies to British free merchants and to permit British evangelicals to establish missions there, the nature of the empire in India began to change: the British public now had an opportunity to play an economic and spiritual role in the empire. Now, the economic and moral aspects of the empire, superintended by the British nation, separated from the political aspect, which remained in the hands of the EIC. The former staked the claims of "modernity" and the civilizing mission; the latter rationalized its openly despotic politics by insisting that it was concerned to preserve native "traditions." Sydney Owenson's early-nineteenth-century historical novel The Missionary: an Indian Tale was the first novel to represent the problem of colonial India in terms of a conflict between modernity and tradition, rather than between the principles of the nation-state and the politics of empire. In order to produce this new vision of the colonial encounter, The Missionary needed to produce a new narrative form that effaced a fact eighteenth-century writers rarely could: in the colonies, Indian "traditions" were a mask constructed by the colonial regime to conceal its violations of the fundamental principles of civil society.
Spirit of the Cape: The Cape of Good Hope, located at the junction of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans on the southern tip of Africa. The Cape of Good Hope was a stop on Jewsbury's trip from England to India by a route that also included stops in the Madeira Islands off the coast of Spain.