Natural Rights and the Birth of Romanticism in the 1790s

  • Authors
  • R. S. White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. R. S. White
    Pages 1-40
  3. R. S. White
    Pages 77-99
  4. R. S. White
    Pages 100-139
  5. R. S. White
    Pages 140-167
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    Pages 196-231
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    Pages 232-233
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 234-277

About this book


Following the American War of Independence and the French Revolution, ideas of the 'Natural Rights of Man' (later distinguished into particular issues like rights of association, rights of women, slaves, children and animals) were publicly debated in England. Literary figures like Wollstonecraft, Godwin, Thelwall, Blake and Wordsworth reflected these struggles in their poetry and fiction. With the seminal influences of John Locke and Rousseau, these and many other writers laid for high Romantic Literature foundations that were not so much aesthetic as moral and political. This new study by R.S. White provides a reinterpretation of the Enlightenment as it is currently understood.


England English literature fiction French law novel poetry Romanticism Rousseau William Blake William Wordsworth

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