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Romanticism, Enthusiasm, and Regulation
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Romanticism, Enthusiasm, and Regulation: Poetics and the Policing of Culture in the Romantic Period

Jon Mee

Abstract

This book tracks the complex meanings of the word ‘enthusiasm’ through the eighteenth century and Romantic periods. For most of the eighteenth century, it was used to describe excessive religious feeling, but ‘enthusiasm’ became increasingly used to describe the unregulated and infectious urgings of the crowd more generally. At the same time, it had always had an association developed from classical literature with poetic inspiration. Out of a confluence of these two traditions developed an association with the idea of enthusiasm as a form of therapeutic influx of feeling in an increasingly co ... More

Keywords: enthusiasm, romanticism, poetry, regulation, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199284788
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284788.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Mee, author
Margaret Candfield Fellow in English, University College, Oxford and C. U. F. Lecturer, Faculty of English, Oxford University
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