The Crisis of Literature in the 1790s:
Print Culture and the Public Sphere
by Paul Keen
This book offers
an original study of debates that arose in the 1790s about the nature
and social role of literature and the new class of readers produced
by the revolution in information and literacy in eighteenth-century
England. The first part concentrates on the dominant arguments about
the role of literature and the status of the author; the second shifts
its focus to the debates about working-class activists and radical women
authors, and examines the growth of a Romantic ideology within this
context of political and cultural turmoil.
Contents: 1. The
Republic of Letters; 2. Men of Letters; 3. The Poorer Sort; 4. Masculine
Women; 5. Oriental literature; Conclusion: Romantic Revisions.
1999 314 pp.