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Unbounded Attachment: Sentiment and Politics in the Age of the French Revolution

Harriet Guest


This book is about the uses of the language of sentiment in British women’s writing from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jane Austen. It focuses on a range of writers for whom this language has the potential to hold together disparate elements in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century society. This potential is important to the complex politics of Charlotte Smith’s response, in her long poem The Emigrants, to the onset of war with France in 1793. The language of sentiment eases the transitions in Mary Robinson’s writing between courtly praise for the French queen and liberal political opinion, ... More

Keywords: Sentiment, sociability, metropolis, crowd, modernity, politics, feminism, women, sensibility, readership, commercialisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199686810
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686810.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harriet Guest, author
Director for the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York