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Romanticism and the Uses of Genre

David Duff


This book reappraises the role of genre, and genre theory, in British Romantic literature. Analysing numerous examples from 1760 to 1830, it examines the generic innovations and experiments which propel the Romantic ‘revolution in literature’, but also the fascination with archaic forms such as the ballad, sonnet, epic, and romance, whose revival and transformation make Romanticism a ‘retro’ movement as well as a revolutionary one. The tension between the drives to ‘make it old’ and to ‘make it new’ generates one of the most dynamic phases in the history of literature, whose complications are ... More

Keywords: genre theory, innovation, experiment, revolutionary, archaic, retro, classification, literary form, reception history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Duff, author
Senior Lecturer in English, University of Aberdeen
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