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The Majesty of the People: Popular Sovereignty and the Role of the Writer in the 1790s

Georgina Green


This book links emerging Romantic ideas about the role of the writer to the ambivalence of the concept of popular sovereignty. In looking closely at how theories about the role of the intellectual or the writer are developed as part of the 1790s’ contestation of the concept of the majesty of the people, this book provides a coherent account of debates about democracy and popular sovereignty, and contributes to understanding of authorship and the rise of ‘culture’ in this period. Part one, ‘The Political Existence of the People’, shows how the history of ideas about the political role of the pe ... More

Keywords: democracy, 1790s, Romanticism, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Godwin, Paine, Thelwall, Helen Maria Williams, French Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689064
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689064.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georgina Green, author
Research Fellow, University of York