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Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print

Romantic Childhood, Romantic Heirs

Reproduction and Retrospection, 1820 - 1850

Authors: Turner, Beatrice

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  • The period under consideration is often overlooked and resistant to easy periodization 
  • Explores how four authors of the period ‘wrote back’ to their parent generation, contesting the Romantic-era constructions of childhood, parenthood and education into which they were written by their author-fathers 
  • First study to read Hartley and Sarah Coleridge together
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This book views Romantic literature’s discourses of childhood, education, and reproduction through the eyes of four early nineteenth-century British authors who were uniquely implicated in those discourses. Hartley and Sara Coleridge, children of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and William Godwin Jr, children of William Godwin, shared the predicament of being both ‘real’ and ‘literary’ children. All the children of authors who helped shape culturally-definitive Romantic-period ideas about childhood, they wrote back to their fathers in order to understand and to resist the ways in which they were produced by paternal texts which foreclose the possibility of the child’s own regeneration. This study proposes that through this predicament, and their responses to it, the literature of the period between the Romantic and the Victorian periods comes into focus, marked by an anxiety not of influence, but of reproduction. It suggests that one reason why this period has tended to disappear from view lies in the sense of historical and aesthetic difference, and productive failure, which this study uncovers.

 

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Beatrice Turner is Research Facilitator in the Department of English and Creative Writing at University of Roehampton, UK.

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“Romantic Childhood, Romantic Heirs is remarkably thorough in terms of its scope, making fine differentiations in such a way that each text that Turner considers reveals itself as at once part of a larger tradition and yet uncompromisingly its own distinct object.” (D. B. Ruderman, European Romantic Review, Vol. 30 (1), 2019)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Romantic Childhood, Romantic Heirs
Book Subtitle
Reproduction and Retrospection, 1820 - 1850
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64970-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64970-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64969-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87914-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 245
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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