The focus of this volume is on the representation of the French Revolution and its various influences on literary discourse. Individual essays reflect the crucial presences of Rousseau, Burke, Godwin and Paine, and place the writings of the first generation of Romantics, particularly Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge, in the context of the Revolution. Other essays address such dominant themes as Romantic feminism, theatrical presentation and the aestheticization of violence. The book also includes an examination of an unpublished text by Mary Shelley.
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