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Disaffected Parties: Political Estrangement and the Making of English Literature, 1760-1830

John Owen Havard


Disaffected Parties reveals how alienation from politics effected crucial changes to the shape and status of literary form. Recovering the earliest expressions of grumbling, irritability, and cynicism towards politics, this study asks how unsettled partisan legacies converged with more recent discontents to forge a seminal period in the making of English literature—and thereby poses wide-ranging questions about the lines between politics and aesthetics. Reading works including Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, James Boswell’s Life of Johnson, the novels of Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen, and ... More

Keywords: Romantic period, age of revolutions, political parties, assemblage, disaffection, political feeling, Jacques Rancière, cynicism, literary form, English literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833130
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Owen Havard, author
Assistant Professor, Binghamton University