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Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters

Romantic Literature, Race, and Colonial Encounter

Authors: Kitson, P.

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In a fresh investigation of primary sources and original readings, Kitson traces the origins of contemporary ideas about race though a variety of late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth century literary texts by Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, De Quincey, and other published and unpublished writings about travel and exploration and natural history.

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PETER J. KITSON is Professor of English at the University of Dundee, UK.

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'This, then, is an enlightening but saddening study of humanity's continuing struggle to comprehend and accept otherness. It adds much to our understanding of the Romantic period and to our grasp of many of the attitudes which still bedevil our relationships with our fellow men.' - Jeff Branch, The Use of English

'One of the strengths of Peter J. Kitson's important study...is that, while giving slavery and abolition due importance, it ranges far beyond them...Kitson's approach throughout is careful and circumspect, and he brings out the complexity and ambivalence of representations of race, as well as showing an awareness of the difficulties of relating colonial practice to metropolitan theory...[it is] the most wide-ranging and authoritative study available of the construction of race in the Romantic period.' British Association for Romantic Studies


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kitson, Peter J.

    Pages 1-9

  • The Race Idea and the Romantics: Coleridge and De Quincey

    Kitson, Peter J.

    Pages 11-49

  • Romantic Anatomies of Race: The New Comparative Anatomy and the Case of Victor Frankenstein

    Kitson, Peter J.

    Pages 51-87

  • “Candid Reflections:” The Idea of Race in the Debate over the Slave Trade and Slavery in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

    Kitson, Peter J.

    Pages 89-121

  • Romanticism, Race, and Cannibalism in the “South Seas”

    Kitson, Peter J.

    Pages 123-141

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Romantic Literature, Race, and Colonial Encounter
Authors
Series Title
Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-10920-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-10920-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7645-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 269
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