Dialectics of Improvement: Scottish Romanticism, 1786-1831 (Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism) (Paperback)

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Dialectics of Improvement: Scottish Romanticism, 1786-1831 (Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism) (Paperback)

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Explores the nature of Scottish Romanticism through its relationship to improvement

  • Provides new insight into the concept of 'improvement'
  • Advances current thinking on Scottish Romanticism
  • Identifies how improvement was involved in key aesthetic innovations in the period
  • Includes case studies across poetry, short fiction, drama and the novel

This book develops new insight into the idea of progress as improvement as the basis for an approach to literary Romanticism in the Scottish context. With chapter case studies covering poetry, short fiction, drama and the novel, it examines a range of key writers: Robert Burns, James Hogg, Walter Scott, Joanna Baillie and John Galt. Improvement, as the book explores, provided a dominant theme for literary texts in this period, just as it saturated the wider culture. It was also of real consequence to questions about what literature is and what it can do: a medium of secular belonging, a vehicle of indefinite exchange, an educational tool or a theoretical guide to history.

Gerard Lee McKeever is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. He has published a range of scholarship on eighteenth and early nineteenth-century literature, with articles in leading journals including Studies in Romanticism and a book co-edited with Alex Benchimol (Routledge, 2018). He is the author of Dialectics of Improvement (EUP 2020).
Product Details ISBN: 9781474441681
ISBN-10: 1474441688
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: November 30th, 2021
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism