By Richard Cronin
1798 is an important date in literary background: in that 12 months the Lyrical Ballads have been released anonymously via Joseph Cottle, the Bristol bookseller. yet this can be a quantity no longer concerning the Lyrical Ballads , yet approximately their 12 months. it really is an try and re-create and think about the literary tradition of 1798, the tradition on which Wordsworth and Coleridge made up our minds to make their 'experiment'. it's a publication during which Wordsworth and Coleridge vie for recognition, 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 e-book interact to outline a unmarried ancient second that marked the start of romanticism in England.
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Like its 'unsexed' yet whoring females, the anti-jacobin relation to ideas is inherently contradictory: jacobin theory is condemned as impracticable43 in the same breath that it is rubbished by prejudicial illustrations of its practice. The works of the new philosophers are full of 'untried theories in morals, in politics, and in religion', while at the same time, and largely thanks to the Memoirs, 'we have an opportunity of contemplating the effects of such theories in their Sexing the Critic 47 own practice' (British Critic 12 (September 1798), 228) - and hence an infallible test of those theories' practical worth.
32. 31 Condillac, 'A Treatise on Systems', p. 1. 319-26. See, for example, the review of Poems, in Two Volumes published in the Edinburgh Review, vol. XI (214-31), October 1807, reprinted in John Louis Haney, Early Reviews of English Poets (New York: Burt Franklin/Lenox Hill, 1904; 1970), p. 29. Lyrical Ballads, p. 320. Southey's review appeared in The Critical Review, vol. XXIV, October 1798. David Hackett Fischer, The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp.
And this counter-revolutionary narrative depends quite largely on the additional presence of the Memoirs. In a succession of fictions, Wollstonecraft features as the seductive aspect of an otherwise remote or unfeeling Godwinian philosophy. That is, as in a tale of espionage, she appears as the sexualized and feminized agent of jacobin ideology. The plot of Godwinian man meeting Wollstonecraftian woman is apparently initiated by George Walker. A London bookseller and writer in the Radcliffe school, Walker dedicates his anti-jacobin novel, The Vagabond, to the Sexing the Critic 43 Bishop of Llandaff - the prelate whose turn from liberalism had once dismayed the youthful Wordsworth.
1798: The Year of the Lyrical Ballads by Richard Cronin