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Romanticism, Economics and the Question of ‘Culture’
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Romanticism, Economics and the Question of ‘Culture’

Philip Connell


The Romantic age in England formed one of the most celebrated — and heterogeneous — moments in literary history, but it also witnessed the rise of ‘political economy’ as the pre-eminent 19th-century science of society. This book investigates this historical conjunction, and reassesses the idea that the Romantic defence of spiritual and humanistic ‘culture’ developed as a reaction to the individualistic, philistine values of the ‘dismal science’. Drawing on a wide range of source material, the book combines the methods of literary scholarship and intellectual history. It addresses the changing ... More

Keywords: romanticism, literary history, political economy, culture, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley, capitalism, England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282050
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282050.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Connell, author
Selwyn College, Cambridge
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