Romantic Literature and Postcolonial Studies

Elizabeth A Bohls

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This book examines the relationship between Romantic writing and the rapidly expanding British Empire. Literature played a crucial role in constructing and contesting the modern culture of empire that was fully in place by the start of the Victorian period. Postcolonial criticism's concern with issues of geopolitics, race and gender, subalternity and exoticism shape discussions of works by major authors such as Blake, Coleridge, both Shelleys, Austen and Scott, as well as their less familiar contemporaries.

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Elizabeth A. Bohls, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon, is the author of Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716-1818 (CUP, 1995; paperback, 2004) and articles on travel, aesthetics, gender, colonialism and slavery. She co-edited the anthology Travel Writing 1700-1830 (OUP, 2005)and is completing Captive Spaces: The Politics of Place in the British Caribbean 1772-1833.

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