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Romantics and Renegades

The Poetics of Political Reaction


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Charles Mahoney
    Pages 33-79
  3. Charles Mahoney
    Pages 80-122
  4. Charles Mahoney
    Pages 123-142
  5. Charles Mahoney
    Pages 167-197
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 198-266

About this book


Romantics and Renegades examines the abiding crux of romantic criticism: the political apostasies of the Lake poets (Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey) as they renounced the revolutionary Jacobinism of their youth in the 1790s in order to claim the high ground of Regency Toryism in the 1810s. Central to this scandal is the figure of William Hazlitt, the literary critic who policed their betrayals in his vigilant exposure of their political and poetical inconsistencies. Mahoney's analysis provides new insight into this abiding critical riddle through close historical and figural readings of the rhetoric of romantic apostasy.


Coleridge lyric poetics Romanticism Samuel Taylor Coleridge William Wordsworth Wordsworth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ConnecticutUSA

About the authors

CHARLES MAHONEY is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

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