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Romanticism: An Oxford Guide (Oxford Guides) [Paperback]

Nicholas Roe
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1 Jan 2005 Oxford Guides
This book is a comprehensive guide to the richness and diversity of the Romantic field. It includes 46 specially commissioned chapters by an international team of leading scholars and combines chapters offering background and contextual information with detailed readings of Romantic texts.

The volume is divided into four parts - 'Romantic Orientations', 'Reading Romanticism', 'Romantic Forms' and 'Romantic Afterlives'.

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  • Paperback: 772 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199258406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199258406
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 20.1 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nicholas Roe is the author of critically acclaimed biographies and studies including John Keats: A New Life, Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt, Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years, and John Keats and the Culture of Dissent. Born in England's West Country, he was educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, and Trinity College, Oxford, before joining the English Department at Queen's University, Belfast. He is now Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Chair of the Keats Foundation, Keats House, Hampstead. He lives in Scotland and Malta.

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Nicholas Roe is Professor of English at the University of St Andrews. He has published extensively on Wordsworth and Coleridge and he is the author of John Keats and the Culture of Dissent (OUP, 1998).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Romantic Essay Collection 26 Feb 2012
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Nicholas Roe has put together the most important collection of essays regarding the Romantic period of our time. Oxford Guides consistently offer excellent insights into the major literary periods and this is no different. The guide is broken down into 4 parts: 'Romantic Orientations' (largely concerning the context of the period: politics, philosophy and social issues), 'Reading Romanticism' (interpretive readings), 'Romantic Forms' (examples of Romantic genre, and the ways in which Romantic writers made genres their own), and 'Romantic Afterlives' (this chapter looks at the legacy of Romanticism). Each chapter contains a myriad of essays, written by some of the top academics in the field. Although this is not so much an anthology, but a guide, and one should read the essays alongside Duncan Wu's anthology, it is paramount in its detail and absolutely essential to anyone wanting to specialize in the Romantic period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romanticism, Nicholas Roe - Review 7 April 2011
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Roe's "Romanticism" reveals one of the most politically, artistically and socially influential periods of our time. The Romantic Period.

The book is more than a reference source for Arts students. It reveals and explores a unique time when the written word defeated tyrants, when poetry and philosophy overthrew governments, and where from such upheaval was born the implementation of compassion for mankind, the birth of human rights and the expression of intimate love. Molds were broken, conventions shattered, personal feelings and passions were shouted aloud in the name of freedom and love.

Roe's comprehensive collection provides a uniquely holistic political and socio-cultural context for those who wish to understand what happened in that extraordinary period between mid-1700 and mid-1800 and why it happened.

Few books on Romanticism cover more than the poetry and writings of a few key personalities, sticking mainly to British writers. "Romanticism" covers, in good amounts of detail, the spectrum of human activity for the period, from political and social change to religion, science, philosophy and art. The book covers the influences of that period on consequent socieities, right up to today, exploring beyond Britain to Europe and the Americas.

The book is well written, for the novice or student, historian or scientist, by experts in the field. The chapters flow well, should the reader wish to read from front to back.

In conclusion, Roe has produced a book that will be cherished by its readers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless without accompanying anthology... 27 Jan 2009
By Tunis Romein - Published on Amazon.com
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Unless you already have the Oxford Romanticism anthology (whatever it's called), this book is quite useless since most of the references in the essays are to in the entries in the anthology. Perhaps, paired with the anthology, it would be OK.
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