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By Richard Cronin

1798 is an important date in literary background: in that 12 months the Lyrical Ballads have been released anonymously through Joseph Cottle, the Bristol bookseller. yet it is a quantity no longer in regards to the Lyrical Ballads , yet approximately their yr. it truly is an try and re-create and view the literary tradition of 1798, the tradition on which Wordsworth and Coleridge determined to make their 'experiment'. it's a publication during which Wordsworth and Coleridge vie for awareness, as they did in 1798, with many different writers, together with Schleiermacher, John Thelwall, Mary Hays, the Abbe Barruel, Walter Savage Landor, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Malthus, Joanna Baillie, George Canning, Robert Sothey and the Reverend T.J. Mathias. The chapters of this ebook interact to outline a unmarried ancient second that marked the start of romanticism in England.

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Maurice Hindle (London: Penguin, 1794, 1988), p. 3. See definition 3 of 'history' in johnson's Dictionary. See the explanation of 'method' as 'rhetoric' in Bacon, p. 96, note 81. Anna Laetitia Barbauld, 'On the Origin and Progress of NovelWriting', in The British Novelists, ed. Anna Laetitia Barbauld (London: 1810), vol. I, pp. 61-2. David Kaufmann discusses Barbauld's use of 'system' in relationship to Niklas Luhmann's work on systemic differentiation. ' See Kaufmann, The Business of Common Life: Novels and Classical Economics between Revolution and Reform (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University 30 14.

UNSEXED FEMALES This kind of negative biography, shadowing Godwin's own, is dearest in The Unsex'd Females, whose mock-heroic couplets refer to the Memoirs at every juncture. Like many of Wollstonecraft's critics, Polwhele is a dergyman, and follows her life-line, from amazonian aspiration to suicidal despair, so as to re-present Godwin's glowing encomium as a cautionary tale. 19 And yet, even as they are first identified, in 1798, the 'unsexed females' are disconcerting in ways that exceed both stigmatization and ridicule.

428. William Belcher, Intellectual electricity, novum organum of vision, and grand mystic secret ... : being an experimental and practical system of the passions, metaphysics and religion, really genuine: accompanied with appropriate extracts from Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. Hartley, Beddoes, and others: with medical observations rising out of the subject/by a rational mystic (London: Lee & Hurst, 1798). William Godwin, 'Of Population: An Enquiry concerning the Power of Increase in the Numbers of Mankind', in An Essay on the principle of Population, ed.

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