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Conversable Worlds: Literature, Contention, and Community 1762 to 1830

Jon Mee


This book addresses the emergence of the idea of ‘the conversation of culture’. Around 1700 a new commercial society was emerging that thought of its values as the product of exchanges between citizens. Conversation became increasingly important as a model and as a practice for how community could be created. A welter of publications, in periodical essays, in novels, and in poetry, enjoined the virtues of conversation. These publications were enthusiastically read and discussed in book clubs and literary societies that created their own conversable worlds. From some perspectives, the freedom o ... More

Keywords: conversation, ‘flow’, ‘collision’, conversation and the novel, conversation poems, conversation in essays and periodicals, literary associations and conversation clubs, sociability, eighteenth‐century literature, Romanticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199591749
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591749.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Mee, author
Professor of Romanticism Studies, University of Warwick