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Counterfactual romanticism

Walford Davies, Damian, ed. 2019. Counterfactual romanticism. Interventions: Rethinking the Nineteenth Century, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

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Abstract

Innovatively extending counterfactual thought experiments from history and the social sciences to literary historiography, criticism and theory, Counterfactual Romanticism reveals the ways in which the shapes of Romanticism are conditioned by that which did not come to pass. Exploring various modalities of counterfactual speculation and inquiry across a range of Romantic-period authors, genres and concerns, this collection offers a radical new purchase on literary history, on the relationship between history and fiction, and on our historicist methods to date - and thus on the Romanticisms we (think we) have inherited. Counterfactual Romanticism provides a ground-breaking method of re-reading literary pasts and our own reading presents; in the process, literary production, texts and reading practices are unfossilised and defamiliarised.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781784991418
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2020 11:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/132330

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