30 great myths about the Romantics / Duncan Wu.Material type: TextPublisher: Malden, MA : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2015Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781118843178; 1118843177; 9781118843185; 1118843185Other title: Thirty great myths about the RomanticsSubject(s): English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism | Romanticism -- Great Britain | Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History | English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism | English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History | Romanticism -- Great Britain | LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh | English literature | Literature and society | Romanticism | Great Britain | 1700-1899Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Criticism, interpretation, etc. | History.Additional physical formats: Print version:: 30 great myths about the Romantics.DDC classification: 820.9/145 LOC classification: PR457Online resources: Wiley Online Library
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Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; A Note on Monetary Values; Myth 1 Romanticism began in 1798; Myth 2 English Romanticism was a reaction against the Enlightenment; 2.1 New Forms of Sociability; 2.2 The Language of Passion; 2.3 The Poet as Prophet; Myth 3 The Romantics hated the sciences; Myth 4 The Romantics repudiated the Augustans, especially Pope and Dryden; Myth 5 The Romantic poets were misunderstood, solitary geniuses; Myth 6 Romantic poems were produced by spontaneous inspiration; Myth 7 Blake was mad.
Myth 8 Blake wrote `Jerusalem' as an anthem to EnglishnessMyth 9 Lyrical Ballads (1798) was designed to illustrate `the two cardinal points of poetry', using poems about everyday life and the supernatural; Myth 10 Wordsworth's Preface to Lyrical Ballads was a manifesto for the Romantic revolution; Myth 11 Wordsworth had an incestuous relationship with his sister; Myth 12 Tory Wordsworth; Myth 13 The person from Porlock; Myth 14 Jane Austen had an incestuous relationship with her sister; Myth 15 The Keswick rapist; Myth 16 Byron had an affair with his sister.
Myth 17 Byron was a great lover of womenMyth 18 Byron was a champion of democracy; Myth 19 Byron was a `noble warrior' who died fighting for Greek freedom; Myth 20 Shelley committed suicide by sailboat; Myth 21 Shelley's heart; Myth 22 Keats's `humble origins'; Myth 23 Keats was gay; Myth 24 Keats was killed by a review; Myth 25 Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote Frankenstein; Myth 26 Women writers were an exploited underclass-unknown, unloved, and unpaid; Myth 27 The Romantics were atheists; Myth 28 The Romantics were counter-cultural drug users.
Myth 29 The Romantics practised free love on principleMyth 30 The Romantics were the rock stars of their day; Coda; Further Reading; Index; EULA.
"Wu is not a scholar who trades in faddish or modish opinion, and as its title implies, this is by its very nature an exercise in controversy and debate. The book represents a triumph of individual scholarship over what is claimed as often flawed, albeit consensual, critical opinion. Wu's fluid, readable prose is accessible to all, and his extensive and subtle insights are a joy to read. This unique addition to the student bookshelf provides enjoyment and instruction simultaneously."-- Jane Moore, Cardiff University.