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Representations of the Gypsy in the Romantic Period

Sarah Houghton-Walker

Abstract

In earlier eighteenth-century texts, the gypsy is frequently depicted as an amusing rogue; by the Victorian period, the gypsy figure has already begun to take on a nostalgic, romanticized form, abandoning sublimity in favour of the bucolic fantasy prompted and propagated by George Borrow. This book argues that, in the gap between these two situations, the figure of the gypsy is exploited by Romantic-period writers and artists, often in unexpected ways. Drawing attention to less well-known as well as more prominent writers (including Wordsworth, Austen, Clare, Cowper, and Brontë), the book exam ... More

Keywords: gypsy, Romantic, identity, knowledge, society, Wordsworth, Austen, Clare, Brontë, Cowper

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198719472
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719472.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Houghton-Walker, author
Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge