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Romanticism, Economics and the Question of Culture (英語) ハードカバー – 2001/5/10
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The Romantic age in Britain formed one of the most celebrated - and heterogeneous - moments in literary history, but it also witnessed the rise of 'political economy' as the pre-eminent nineteenth-century science of society. Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' investigates this historical conjunction, and reassesses the idea that the Romantic defence of spiritual and humanistic 'culture' developed as a reaction to the individualistic, philistine values of the 'dismal science'.
Drawing on a wide range of source material, the book combines the methods of literary scholarship and intellectual history. It addresses the changing political identifications of familiar literary figures such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley, but also illuminates the wider political and intellectual life of this period.
Romanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' situates canonical Romantic writers within a nuanced, and highly detailed ideological context, while challenging our inherited understanding of the Romantic tradition itself as the social conscience of nineteenth-century capitalism.
[Connell's] book is persuasive because it is thick with evidence and always interested in exploring the large implications of the subtle shades of opinion he finds in the printed discussions of the era ... The persuasivenss of his work results from his Lovejoy-ish skepticism as well as his empirical and textual methodology, which anticipates counter-arguments. Romanticism becomes in the course of the investigation a shaky series of interlocking texts and oppositions. (College Literature)
Connell's immensely learned and scholarly work has grave implications for any subsequent study of Romanticism. He is skeptical both of humanist idealizations of the subject and self-consciously radical readings of it; his writers moderate and change their opinions, always in the context of reading and discussion of the period, and Connell seems to have unearthed every possible work and author relating to political economy, popular education, and religious politics; the result is a rich, dense, and convincing study that deconstructs pieties of the scholarly left or right. (College Literature)
Fascinating and immensely learned ...omanticism, Economics and the Question of 'Culture' is an important book. It is virtually alone in surveying this crucial but neglected field ... will set the benchmark against which all future literary scholarship on this subject will be judged. (The Review of English Studies)
Marvellously rich and nuanced ... bound to be a standard reference for years to come. Connell starts so many highly suggestive arguments that it is hard to know in a review which to select. (British Association for Romantics Studies Bulletin and Review)
Thoughtful and intricate study. (History)
His book cannot be ignored by anyone addressing the tangled but stimulating question of the relationship between English literature and politics in the Romantic period. (Times Literary Supplement)
The depth of the discussion of Wordsworth is characteristic of Connell's excellent book, which does not only examine the older generation of English Romantic poets; one of the most interesting chapters analyses the ambiguous relationship between the "Hunt school" of younger radical Romantic writers, including Keats and Shelley, and the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and his followers. (Times Literary Supplement)
Thus we see descriptions of parliamentary struggles. And of the economic thoughts of Malthus, Ricardo and Smith. The musings of early industrial capitalism. Perhaps, the book seems to suggest, some of the literary figures can be understood in part as being influenced by those other ideas, and reacting to them.
Connell's synthesis is interesting, because many histories of this era might study the economists and politicians totally separately from the literary writers.