by Saree Makdisi
The years between 1790 and 1830 saw over a hundred and fifty million
people brought under British imperial control, and one of the most
momentous outbursts of British literary and artistic production, announcing
a new world of social and individual traumas and possibilities. This
book traces the emergence of new forms of imperialism and capitalism
as part of the culture of modernization in the late eighteenth and
early nineteenth century, and looks at the ways in which they were
identified with and contested in romanticism. Saree Makdisi argues
that this process has to be understood in global terms, beyond the
British and European viewpoint, and that developments in India, Africa,
and the Arab world (up to and including our own time) enable us to
understand more fully the texts and contexts of British romanticism.
New and original readings of texts by Wordsworth, Blake, Byron, Shelley,
and Scott emerge in the course of this searching analysis of the origins
of the cultural process of globalization.
1998 266 pp.