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Counter 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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English poetry 19th century History and criticism Theory, etc, Politics and literature Great Britain History 19th century, France History Revolution, 1789-1799 Literature and the revolution, Political poetry, English History and criticism Theory, etc, Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834 Political and social views, Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 Political and social views, Southey, Robert, 1774-1843 Political and social views, Hazlitt, William, 1778-1830 Knowledge Literature, Criticism Great Britain History 19th century, Romanticism Great Britain