Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 April 2019

320 Pages | 4 Illustrations

9.2 x 6.0 inches

ISBN: 9780198833130

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Disaffected Parties

Political Estrangement and the Making of English Literature, 1760-1830

John Owen Havard

  • Provides the first integrated account of literary and political developments over the 1760-1830 period in England, with particular attention to the continuing influence of the 1688 Revolution and the neglected consequences of unrest in the American colonies and Ireland
  • Presents authoritative discussions of the politics of major authors including Jane Austen and Lord Byron and draws upon original archival research such as Samuel Johnson's American reputation and Laurence Sterne's early political journalism
  • Recovers the origins of modern disenchanted political attitudes, including the earliest widespread popular expressions of cynicism towards the political establishment, to provide a prehistory to the current 'disaffective turn'
  • Proposes an expanded approach to the 'parties' of political activity, drawing upon the work of Jacques Ranciere and recent discussions of political assembly
  • Poses wide-ranging questions about the 'political' status of literary production and suggests fresh approaches to the relationship between politics and aesthetics