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Romantic Literature and Postcolonial Studies
Demonstrates the importance of postcolonial approaches to understanding the literature of the period 1787-1833
Arguing that literature of the Romantic period must be understood in the context of British colonial expansion and imperial rule, this text surveys Romantic literatures role in consolidating Britain as the centre of empire. It highlights the ways in which the expanding print market served readers eager to learn about the wider world: Romantic poetry and travel writing, for example, went hand in hand. Elizabeth Bohls shows that while Exoticism and Orientalism help us understand colonial discourses and imperial ideologies, texts not overtly concerned with the exotic, like Wordsworths and Austens, also engage the historical problematic of empire.
Covers travel writing, slave narratives, political prose as well as novels & poetry
Reads canonical materials (Coleridge, Austen, Scott, Shelley, etc.) in new ways
Wide coverage: the Romantic Geographies chapter treats travel in the Pacific, Canada/North America, the Caribbean, Africa and India, while the Romantic Orientalism chapter treats writings on India
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