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British Literary Salons of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

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Part of the Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters book series (19CMLL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Susanne Schmid
    Pages 1-21
  3. Susanne Schmid
    Pages 23-49
  4. Susanne Schmid
    Pages 71-95
  5. Susanne Schmid
    Pages 97-117
  6. Susanne Schmid
    Pages 119-143
  7. Susanne Schmid
    Pages 173-175
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 177-252

About this book

Introduction

British salons, with guests such as Byron, Moore, and Thackeray, were veritable hothouses of political and cultural agitation. Using a number of sources - diaries, letters, silver-fork novels, satires, travel writing, Keepsakes, and imaginary conversations - Schmid paints a vivid picture of the British salon between the 1780s and the 1840s.

Keywords

novel satire tradition writing

About the authors

Susanne Schmid teaches at Mainz University, Germany. She has published several books, among the Helene Richter-prize winning Shelley's German Afterlives (2007), as well as articles on Romanticism, film studies, and cultural studies.

Bibliographic information

Reviews

“Schmid’s book offers itself as a substantial contribution to this ever-expanding area of research. … Besides providing cultural-historical contextualization, Schmid’s introduction illustrates several terminological and theoretical points such as the notions of the ‘non-place’, ‘social sphere’ and performativity. … the book presents a clear structure based on the arguments and theoretical premisses laid out in the introduction.” (Diego Saglia, The BARS Review, Vol. 47, Spring, 2016)

“Susanne Schmid displays a very different form of community in her scholarly British Literary Salons of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries, which constitutes a piece of highly impressive archival research. … This is an impressive body of research, which opens a new sphere within Romantic metropolitan and cosmopolitan culture.” (The Year’s Work in English Studies, Vol. 94, 2015)

"Schmid's highly readable work will be of interest to scholars of cultural history, literature, and gender studies alike. It brings together an impressive range of ideas, based on close analyses of rich seams of archival material, as well as hitherto overlooked non-canonical literature, to present a vibrant account of how British women actively harnessed the potential of the salon as a social institution to engage in the political, intellectual, and cultural life of their day." - International Journal of English Studies

"Susanne Schmid's study . . . is part of a larger and continuing project of reviving the memory of influential women during a period when female participation in public life was severely constrained." - Times Literary Supplement

"Susanne Schmid provides excellent accounts of the groups that formed around Mary Berry, Lady Holland, and the Countess of Blessington, reading the social texts of the salons along with the works produced from within them." - Studies in English Literature

"Schmid's highly readable work will be of interest to scholars of criminal history, literature and gender studies alike. It brings together an impressive range of ideas, based on close analyses of rich seams of archival material, as well as hitherto overlooked non-canonical literature, to present a vibrant account of how British women actively harnessed the potential of the salon as a social institution to engage in the political, intellectual and cultural life of their day." - Anglistik