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Published: 13 February 2014

242 Pages | 4 black-and-white halftones


ISBN: 9780199689064

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The Majesty of the People

Popular Sovereignty and the Role of the Writer in the 1790s

Georgina Green

Oxford English Monographs

  • Engages with present day political theory concerning sovereignty and democracy
  • Provides stimulating new connections between the political theories of the eighteenth century and recent political theory
  • Offers a coherent account of one of the central developments that made the 1790s distinctive: the claims of popular sovereignty upon literature and social life as well as upon political institutions
  • Provides in depth discussion of central writers of the period and their engagement with popular sovereignty, including Thomas Paine, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Godwin, Helen Maria Williams, and John Thelwall