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The Romantic Literary Lecture in Britain

Sarah Zimmerman


Public lectures on poetry caught the popular imagination in Britain in the first two decades of the nineteenth century with the performances of John Thelwall, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Campbell, and William Hazlitt. Lecturers aimed to shape auditors’ reading habits, burnish their critical profiles, and establish a literary canon, but auditors also wielded considerable influence, since their sustained approbation was necessary to a series’ success. A number of oral traditions fed the literary lecture’s development, but it emerged most vitally out of and against the radical speaking cultur ... More

Keywords: public lecture, poetry, performance, conversation, manuscripts, listening, oral culture, literary criticism, education, canon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198833147
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198833147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Zimmerman, author
Professor of English, Fordham University