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Published: 10 September 2020

304 Pages | 24 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198857945

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Album Verses and Romantic Literary Culture

Poetry, Manuscript, Print, 1780-1850

Samantha Matthews

  • Presents a 'shadow history' of Romantic poetry and poetics with accessible discussion and analysis of unfamiliar Romantic poems by well-known writers and some obscure ones
  • Shows how 'trivial' verse is implicated in major historical events (the French Revolution) and social change (women's growing cultural power)
  • Archival research reconstructs important lost and destroyed albums and gives readers access to new rich areas of cultural history such as the album at the Grande Chartreuse, at Cossey Hall, and Lady Sarah Jersey's albums
  • Explores European influences on British album culture, particularly French and Italian
  • Demonstrates changing attitudes to gender, class, politics, poetry, family dynamics, and social relations
  • Challenges expectations about what Romantic literature is like and who wrote and read it