Publisher description for Romantic literature, race, and colonial encounter / Peter J. Kitson.


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Romantic Literature, Race, and Colonial Encounter is a study of the origin, growth, and development of "the race idea" and its impact on the writing of the Romantic period. It discusses how race as a concept became increasingly important in defining difference and identity in Romantic period culture. Subjects including slavery, natural history, comparative anatomy, missionary, diplomatic, and travel writing are explored and texts by Coleridge, De Quincey, Mary Shelley, Byron, Equiano, and others are situated in the complex and shifting discourse of Romantic theories of race. In particular, Romantic representations of China and the “Far East” are discussed as a key site where the period’s changing attitudes to human difference and variety were especially prominent.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Race in literature.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Colonies in literature.
Imperialism in literature.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- Colonies.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History -- 19th century.
Romanticism -- Great Britain.